Design and performance evaluation of a portable hybrid desalination unit using direct contact membrane distillation in dual configuration

Khadije El Kadi, Raed Hashaikeh, Rizwan Ahmed, Isam Janajreh

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Abstract

In this work, we propose a standalone portable desalination unit that is based on direct contact membrane distillation (DCMD) technology and is powered by hybrid solar energy. The novel dual channel DCMD module enables reserving the compact size of the unit and high production rates. The unit has a net membrane area of 0.042-m2 and is evaluated under several feed temperatures using both ideal assumptions and practical computational fluid dynamics (CFD) validated modeling. Results shows that at feed temperature of 40°C and permeate temperature of 25°C, the unit can produce 2.31 L/day of freshwater without any external heat source as two stages of heat utilization are allowed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)904-910
Number of pages7
JournalEnergy Procedia
Volume158
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019
Event10th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE 2018 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: Aug 22 2018Aug 25 2018

Keywords

  • CFD
  • Desalination
  • Heat utilization
  • Membrane distillation
  • Portable water
  • Standalone solar system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)

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