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Dr. Huang was also interviewed for the stories. Read New Mexico Tech's news report here and the El Defensor Chieftain article here.
Carolyn Medin, graduate student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Depart explained the process, which involves two steps.
“We’ll use their hot water — geothermal water — to drive our process,” Medin said. “We run cold water through the inside of the membrane, a hollow membrane, and then we run hot water from the geothermal source to the outside... They have a bunch of pipes underneath the plant beds and it keeps the greenhouse warm just by piping the geothermal fluid. The geothermal water that comes out of the ground is brackish, in other words salty, which cannot be used for irrigation.”