Demystifying Integrated Power and Desalination Processes Evaluation based on Standard Primary Energy Approach

Shahzad, Muhammad Wakil, Ng, Kim Choon, Burhan, Muhammad, Chen, Qian, Ahmad, Muhammad, Imtiaz, Nida and Xu, Bin (2022) Demystifying Integrated Power and Desalination Processes Evaluation based on Standard Primary Energy Approach. Thermal Science and Engineering Progress, 27. p. 101153. ISSN 2451-9049

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The energy efficiency of seawater desalination processes is usually expressed in terms of kWh electricity or low-grade heat per cubic meter of water produced. This energy efficiency evaluation criteria unfortunately omitted the embedded quality of derived energy input. To have fair comparison of assorted desalination processes, it is important to consider quantity as well as quality of derived energy input based on their generation mechanisms. The numerator (m3 of distillate produced) and denominator (kWhderived energy consumption) terms in energy efficiency evaluation are to be benchmark onto a common platform for fair evaluation and comparison. An inadequate comparison may result in an inferior adaptation of desalination methods that can lead to high economical destruction. In this article, a detailed thermodynamic framework has been developed to convert cogeneration-based electricity and heat into standard primary energy input. The proposed standard primary energy platform will help to demystify the quality and quantity aspects of derived energy supply. The thermodynamic based rigorous calculations show that 1.813 units of primary energy are required to produce one unit of electricity due to conversion efficiencies and loses involved in the power plant. On the other hand, one unit low-pressure steam to operate thermally driven desalination cycles need only 0.0944 units of primary energy. This stark difference clearly shows that omitting the grade of energy in performance evaluation can lead to an in-efficient installation decision. This proposed framework will provide a basic ground for future efficient processes selection and assorted processes evaluation at common platform.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding Information: Authors would like to thank Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 8ST, United Kingdom (POC Solar2Water grant) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia for the research support of this research.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Standard primary energy, processes comparison, conversion factor, sustainable desalination, Thermodynamic limit
Subjects: H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2021 12:38
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 08:00

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