Desalination by a solar thermal membrane distillation process

Barr, Keith, Millar, Graeme J., & Mackinnon, Ian D.R. (2013) Desalination by a solar thermal membrane distillation process. In Membranes & Desalination Conference 2013, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia.


A solar thermal membrane distillation pilot plant was operated for over 70 days in field conditions. The pilot plant incorporated a single spiral wound permeate gap membrane distillation style of module. All energy used to operate the unit was supplied by solar hot water collectors and photovoltaic panels. The process was able to produce a distillate stream of product water with a conductivity less than 10 µS/cm. Feed water concentration varied from 2,400 µS/cm to 106,000 µS/cm. The process is expected to find application in the production of drinking water for remote island and arid regions without the consumption of electrical energy.

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ID Code: 60232
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: membrane distillation, solar power, saline solutions, conductivity, photovoltaic cells
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (090400) > Membrane and Separation Technologies (090404)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (090400) > Water Treatment Processes (090410)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 18 Jul 2013 23:33
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 00:44

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