Algal blooms: an emerging threat to seawater reverse osmosis desalination

Handle URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10754/566070
Title:
Algal blooms: an emerging threat to seawater reverse osmosis desalination
Authors:
Villacorte, Loreen O.; Tabatabai, S. Assiyeh Alizadeh; Dhakal, N.; Amy, Gary L.; Schippers, Jan Cornelis; Kennedy, Maria Dolores
Abstract:
Seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination technology has been rapidly growing in terms of installed capacity and global application over the last decade. An emerging threat to SWRO application is the seasonal proliferation of microscopic algae in seawater known as algal blooms. Such blooms have caused operational problems in SWRO plants due to clogging and poor effluent quality of the pre-treatment system which eventually forced the shutdown of various desalination plants to avoid irreversible fouling of downstream SWRO membranes. This article summarizes the current state of SWRO technology and the emerging threat of algal blooms to its application. It also highlights the importance of studying the algal bloom phenomena in the perspective of seawater desalination, so proper mitigation and preventive strategies can be developed in the near future. © 2014 © 2014 Balaban Desalination Publications. All rights reserved.
KAUST Department:
Water Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)
Publisher:
Informa UK Limited
Journal:
Desalination and Water Treatment
Issue Date:
4-Aug-2014
DOI:
10.1080/19443994.2014.940649
Type:
Article
ISSN:
19443994
Appears in Collections:
Articles; Water Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)

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dc.contributor.authorVillacorte, Loreen O.en
dc.contributor.authorTabatabai, S. Assiyeh Alizadehen
dc.contributor.authorDhakal, N.en
dc.contributor.authorAmy, Gary L.en
dc.contributor.authorSchippers, Jan Cornelisen
dc.contributor.authorKennedy, Maria Doloresen
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-12T09:26:58Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-12T09:26:58Zen
dc.date.issued2014-08-04en
dc.identifier.issn19443994en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/19443994.2014.940649en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/566070en
dc.description.abstractSeawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination technology has been rapidly growing in terms of installed capacity and global application over the last decade. An emerging threat to SWRO application is the seasonal proliferation of microscopic algae in seawater known as algal blooms. Such blooms have caused operational problems in SWRO plants due to clogging and poor effluent quality of the pre-treatment system which eventually forced the shutdown of various desalination plants to avoid irreversible fouling of downstream SWRO membranes. This article summarizes the current state of SWRO technology and the emerging threat of algal blooms to its application. It also highlights the importance of studying the algal bloom phenomena in the perspective of seawater desalination, so proper mitigation and preventive strategies can be developed in the near future. © 2014 © 2014 Balaban Desalination Publications. All rights reserved.en
dc.publisherInforma UK Limiteden
dc.subjectAlgal bloomsen
dc.subjectMembrane foulingen
dc.subjectPre-treatmenten
dc.subjectSeawater reverse osmosisen
dc.titleAlgal blooms: an emerging threat to seawater reverse osmosis desalinationen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentWater Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)en
dc.identifier.journalDesalination and Water Treatmenten
dc.contributor.institutionUNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Westvest 7, AX Delft 2611, The Netherlandsen
dc.contributor.institutionWetsus Center of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology, Agora 1, CJ Leeuwarden 8934, The Netherlandsen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, Stevinweg 1, CN Delft 2628, The Netherlandsen
kaust.authorAmy, Gary L.en
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