Renewable energy-driven desalination technologies: A comprehensive review on challenges and potential applications of integrated systems

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/566159
Title:
Renewable energy-driven desalination technologies: A comprehensive review on challenges and potential applications of integrated systems
Authors:
Ghaffour, Noreddine ( 0000-0003-2095-4736 ) ; Bundschuh, Jochen; Mahmoudi, Hacène; Goosen, Mattheus F A
Abstract:
Despite the tremendous improvements in conventional desalination technologies, its wide use is still limited due primarily to high energy requirements which are currently met with expensive fossil fuels. The use of alternative energy sources is essential to meet the growing demand for water desalination. In the last few decades a lot of effort has being directed in the use of different renewable energy (RE) sources to run desalination processes. However, the expansion of these efforts towards larger scale plants is hampered by several techno-economic challenges. Several medium-scale RE-driven desalination plants have been installed worldwide. Nevertheless, most of these plants are connected to the electrical grid to assure a continuous energy supply for stable operation. Furthermore, RE is mostly used to produce electric power which can be used to run desalination systems. This review paper focuses on an integrated approach in using RE-driven with an emphasis on solar and geothermal desalination technologies. Innovative and sustainable desalination processes which are suitable for integrated RE systems are presented. An assessment of the benefits of these technologies and their limitations are also discussed.
KAUST Department:
Water Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)
Publisher:
Elsevier BV
Journal:
Desalination
Issue Date:
Jan-2015
DOI:
10.1016/j.desal.2014.10.024
Type:
Article
ISSN:
00119164
Appears in Collections:
Articles; Water Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)

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dc.contributor.authorGhaffour, Noreddineen
dc.contributor.authorBundschuh, Jochenen
dc.contributor.authorMahmoudi, Hacèneen
dc.contributor.authorGoosen, Mattheus F Aen
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-12T09:30:32Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-12T09:30:32Zen
dc.date.issued2015-01en
dc.identifier.issn00119164en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.desal.2014.10.024en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/566159en
dc.description.abstractDespite the tremendous improvements in conventional desalination technologies, its wide use is still limited due primarily to high energy requirements which are currently met with expensive fossil fuels. The use of alternative energy sources is essential to meet the growing demand for water desalination. In the last few decades a lot of effort has being directed in the use of different renewable energy (RE) sources to run desalination processes. However, the expansion of these efforts towards larger scale plants is hampered by several techno-economic challenges. Several medium-scale RE-driven desalination plants have been installed worldwide. Nevertheless, most of these plants are connected to the electrical grid to assure a continuous energy supply for stable operation. Furthermore, RE is mostly used to produce electric power which can be used to run desalination systems. This review paper focuses on an integrated approach in using RE-driven with an emphasis on solar and geothermal desalination technologies. Innovative and sustainable desalination processes which are suitable for integrated RE systems are presented. An assessment of the benefits of these technologies and their limitations are also discussed.en
dc.publisherElsevier BVen
dc.rightsThis is the author's accepted manuscript version of an article published in the journal Desalination in 2015 with the DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2014.10.024en
dc.subjectDesalinationen
dc.subjectEmerging processesen
dc.subjectRenewable energyen
dc.subjectSolar and geothermal energy-driven integrated systemsen
dc.subjectSustainable technologiesen
dc.titleRenewable energy-driven desalination technologies: A comprehensive review on challenges and potential applications of integrated systemsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentWater Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)en
dc.identifier.journalDesalinationen
dc.eprint.versionPost-printen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of Southern Queensland (USQ)Toowoomba, QLD, Australiaen
dc.contributor.institutionFaculty of Sciences, University Hassiba Ben Bouali of Chlef, Algeriaen
dc.contributor.institutionOffice of Research and Graduate Studies, Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabiaen
kaust.authorGhaffour, Noreddineen
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