A comprehensive framework for thermoeconomic analysis of desalination systems

Jamil, Muhammad Ahmad, Shahzad, Muhammad Wakil and Zubair, Syed M. (2020) A comprehensive framework for thermoeconomic analysis of desalination systems. Energy Conversion and Management, 222. p. 113188. ISSN 0196-8904

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2020.113188


Thermoeconomic analysis, a combined application of thermodynamic and economic analyses, has emerged as an important tool to optimize the performance of desalination systems. Contrary to conventional economic analysis, it offers flexibility to investigate and improve the performance of each component in the system, individually. The current paper presents a comprehensive framework for conducting thermoeconomic analysis of desalination systems. In this regard, different energy calculation methods are discussed first. Then a detailed review of theoretical developments of thermoeconomic analyses is conducted to summarize the correlations/magnitude of important economic parameters. This is followed by a discussion on cost balance equations for important desalination components. Finally, a systematic thermoeconomic analysis model is developed for the mechanical vapor compression desalination system operating under different arrangements as an example. The monetary value of each stream calculated using appropriate fiscal parameters in the system is presented in the form of a cost flow diagram. The study can be used to conduct the thermoeconomic analysis of other commercial desalination systems.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Desalination systems, Fiscal parameters, Framework, Monetary cost, Thermoeconomics
Subjects: H300 Mechanical Engineering
H900 Others in Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2020 09:34
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2021 16:06
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44544

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