THERMAL MEMBRANES FOR WINDOWS

Large water filled silicone membranes may have a myriad of applications. One prototyped here is a method for purifying drinking water using radiation from the sun. Known as the SODIS method, pathogens in the water are exposed to lethal levels of sunlight and the water becomes sterilized from water born disease. An added benefit of such a system is the increased thermal inertia of a window to mitigate temperature fluctuations cause by heating from the sun. 

One of the interesting aspects of this manufacturing process is the relative simplicity of the tools required to produce these membranes. 

Further work is needed to prove out the efficacy of the membrane and whether it is a practical method for any group of people to clean water or to insulate windows, walls, or roofs.


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