Desalination Processes’ Efficiency and Future Roadmap

Shahzad, Muhammad Wakil, Burhan, Muhammad, Ybyraiymkul, Doskhan and Ng, Kim (2019) Desalination Processes’ Efficiency and Future Roadmap. Entropy, 21 (1). p. 84. ISSN 1099-4300

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For future sustainable seawater desalination, the importance of achieving better energy efficiency of the existing 19,500 commercial-scale desalination plants cannot be over emphasized. The major concern of the desalination industry is the inadequate approach to energy efficiency evaluation of diverse seawater desalination processes by omitting the grade of energy supplied. These conventional approaches would suffice if the efficacy comparison were to be conducted for the same energy input processes. The misconception of considering all derived energies as equivalent in the desalination industry has severe economic and environmental consequences. In the realms of the energy and desalination system planners, serious judgmental errors in the process selection of green installations are made unconsciously as the efficacy data are either flawed or inaccurate. Inferior efficacy technologies' implementation decisions were observed in many water-stressed countries that can burden a country's economy immediately with higher unit energy cost as well as cause more undesirable environmental effects on the surroundings. In this article, a standard primary energy-based thermodynamic framework is presented that addresses energy efficacy fairly and accurately. It shows clearly that a thermally driven process consumes 2.5-3% of standard primary energy (SPE) when combined with power plants. A standard universal performance ratio-based evaluation method has been proposed that showed all desalination processes performance varies from 10-14% of the thermodynamic limit. To achieve 2030 sustainability goals, innovative processes are required to meet 25-30% of the thermodynamic limit.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Desalination, Primary energy, Standard primary energy, Standard universal performance ratio
Subjects: H700 Production and Manufacturing Engineering
H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2020 14:53
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 19:35

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