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dc.contributor.authorWang, Wenbin
dc.contributor.authorShi, Yusuf
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Chenlin
dc.contributor.authorHong, Seunghyun
dc.contributor.authorShi, Le
dc.contributor.authorChang, Jian
dc.contributor.authorLi, Renyuan
dc.contributor.authorJin, Yong
dc.contributor.authorOng, Chi Siang
dc.contributor.authorZhuo, Sifei
dc.contributor.authorWang, Peng
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-08T07:20:08Z
dc.date.available2019-08-08T07:20:08Z
dc.date.issued2019-07-09
dc.identifier.citationWang, W., Shi, Y., Zhang, C., Hong, S., Shi, L., Chang, J., … Wang, P. (2019). Simultaneous production of fresh water and electricity via multistage solar photovoltaic membrane distillation. Nature Communications, 10(1). doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10817-6
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/s41467-019-10817-6
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/656422
dc.description.abstractThe energy shortage and clean water scarcity are two key challenges for global sustainable development. Near half of the total global water withdrawals is consumed by power generation plants while water desalination consumes lots of electricity. Here, we demonstrate a photovoltaics-membrane distillation (PV-MD) device that can stably produce clean water (>1.64 kg·m−2·h−1) from seawater while simultaneously having uncompromised electricity generation performance (>11%) under one Sun irradiation. Its high clean water production rate is realized by constructing multi stage membrane distillation (MSMD) device at the backside of the solar cell to recycle the latent heat of water vapor condensation in each distillation stage. This composite device can significantly reduce capital investment costs by sharing the same land and the same mounting system and thus represents a potential possibility to transform an electricity power plant from otherwise a water consumer to a fresh water producer.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors are grateful to the KAUST for very generous financial support.
dc.publisherSpringer Nature
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-10817-6
dc.rightsThis article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.titleSimultaneous production of fresh water and electricity via multistage solar photovoltaic membrane distillation
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentEnvironmental Nanotechnology Lab
dc.contributor.departmentEnvironmental Science and Engineering Program
dc.contributor.departmentPhysical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentWater Desalination and Reuse Center, Division of Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, 23955-6900, Saudi Arabia
dc.contributor.departmentWater Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)
dc.identifier.journalNature Communications
dc.eprint.versionPublisher's Version/PDF
kaust.personWang, Wenbin
kaust.personShi, Yusuf
kaust.personZhang, Chenlin
kaust.personHong, Seunghyun
kaust.personShi, Le
kaust.personChang, Jian
kaust.personLi, Renyuan
kaust.personJin, Yong
kaust.personJin, Yong
kaust.personOng, Chi Siang
kaust.personZhuo, Sifei
kaust.personWang, Peng
kaust.personWang, Peng
refterms.dateFOA2019-08-08T07:21:19Z
dc.date.published-online2019-07-09
dc.date.published-print2019-12


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