Sustainable low temperature desalination

A case for renewable energy

Veera Gnaneswar Gude, Nagamany Nirmalakhandan, Shuguang Deng

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In this paper, different configurations for running a low temperature desalination process at a production capacity of 100 litersday are presented. Renewable energy sources such as solar and geothermal energy sources are evaluated as renewable, reliable, and suitable energy sources for driving the low temperature desalination process round the clock. A case study is presented to evaluate the feasibility of sustainable recovery of potable water from the effluent streams of wastewater treatment plant. Results obtained from theoretical and experimental studies demonstrate that the low temperature desalination unit has the potential for large scale applications using renewable energy sources to produce freshwater in a sustainable manner. The following renewable energywaste heat recovery configurations may produce around 100 litersday of desalinated water: (1) solar collector area of 18 m 2 with a thermal energy storage (TES) volume of 3 m 3; (2) photovoltaic thermal collector area of 30 m 2 to provide 14-18 kW electricity and 120 litersday freshwater with an optimum mass flow rate of the circulating fluid around 40-50 kgh m 2; (3) A geothermal source at 60 C with a flow rate of 320 kgh; and (4) waste heat rejected from the condenser of an absorption refrigeration system rated at 3.25 kW (0.95 tons refrigeration), supported by 25 m 2 solar collector area and 10 m 3 TES volume. Additionally, the secondary effluent of local wastewater treatment plant was processed to recover potable quality water. Experimental results showed that 95 of all the water contaminants such as biological oxygen demand (BOD), total dissolved solids (TDS), total suspended solids (TSS), ammonia, chlorides, nitrates, and coliform bacteria can be removed to provide clean water for many beneficial uses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number043108
JournalJournal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Desalination
Solar collectors
Thermal energy
Wastewater treatment
Energy storage
Effluents
Coliform bacteria
Flow rate
Absorption refrigeration
Water
Geothermal energy
Waste heat
Waste heat utilization
Refrigeration
Potable water
Temperature
Solar energy
Water quality
Clocks
Ammonia

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  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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Sustainable low temperature desalination : A case for renewable energy. / Gude, Veera Gnaneswar; Nirmalakhandan, Nagamany; Deng, Shuguang.

In: Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Vol. 3, No. 4, 043108, 01.07.2011.

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