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dc.contributor.authorWang, Wenbin
dc.contributor.authorAleid, Sara
dc.contributor.authorWang, Peng
dc.date.accessioned2020-03-10T12:43:38Z
dc.date.available2020-03-10T12:43:38Z
dc.date.issued2020-03-09
dc.date.submitted2020-01-15
dc.identifier.citationWang, W., Aleid, S., & Wang, P. (2020). Decentralized Co-Generation of Fresh Water and Electricity at Point of Consumption. Advanced Sustainable Systems, 2000005. doi:10.1002/adsu.202000005
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/adsu.202000005
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/662091
dc.description.abstractMany in the community believe that additional anthropogenic CO2 in the atmosphere can push the Earth into a vicious cycle and down a path of no return. Consequently, solar energy must sit at the center of the water–energy–climate nexus as the world is shifting into a decarbonized and circular economy. Simultaneous production of electricity and fresh water by photovoltaic-membrane distillation (PV-MD), a newly developed technology, turns waste heat from solar PV panels into a power source to drive an efficient water distillation process. It produces fresh and clean potable-quality water on-site from various water sources with impaired quality, such as seawater, contaminated rivers, lakes, groundwater, and industrial wastewater. Due to the low barrier of entry, it is well suited to providing both electricity and fresh water in decentralized manner for point-of-consumption locations, especially off-grid communities and communities with small- to medium-sized populations even with challenging economic conditions. This essay highlights the potential of PV-MD to supply decentralized water and electricity for regions suffering from both economic and physical water scarcity as well as its promise to contribute to agriculture in (semi)arid regions.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors are grateful to Virginia Unkefer at Research Operations Office at KAUST for her comments on the essay.
dc.publisherWiley
dc.relation.urlhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/adsu.202000005
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Advanced Sustainable Systems
dc.titleDecentralized Co-Generation of Fresh Water and Electricity at Point of Consumption
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentEnvironmental Nanotechnology Lab
dc.contributor.departmentEnvironmental Science and Engineering
dc.contributor.departmentEnvironmental Science and Engineering Program
dc.contributor.departmentWater Desalination and Reuse CenterDivision of Biological and Environmental Science and EngineeringKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology Thuwal 23955–6900 Saudi Arabia
dc.contributor.departmentWater Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)
dc.identifier.journalAdvanced Sustainable Systems
dc.eprint.versionPost-print
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Civil and Environmental EngineeringThe Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hung Hom Kowloon Hong Kong
kaust.personWang, Wenbin
kaust.personAleid, Sara
kaust.personWang, Peng
dc.date.accepted2020-02-14
refterms.dateFOA2020-03-10T13:59:38Z
dc.date.published-online2020-03-09
dc.date.published-print2020-06


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