Algal blooms: an emerging threat to seawater reverse osmosis desalination
AuthorsVillacorte, Loreen O.
Tabatabai, S. Assiyeh Alizadeh
Amy, Gary L.
Schippers, Jan Cornelis
Kennedy, Maria Dolores
KAUST DepartmentWater Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)
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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.
PublisherInforma UK Limited
JournalDesalination and Water Treatment