Sustainable Seawater Desalination by permeate gap membrane distillation technology

Mahmoudi, F, Siddiqui, H, Pishbin, M, Goodarzi, G, Dehghani, S, Date, A and Akbarzadeh, A 2017, 'Sustainable Seawater Desalination by permeate gap membrane distillation technology', Energy Procedia, vol. 110, pp. 346-351.

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Title Sustainable Seawater Desalination by permeate gap membrane distillation technology
Author(s) Mahmoudi, F
Siddiqui, H
Pishbin, M
Goodarzi, G
Dehghani, S
Date, A
Akbarzadeh, A
Year 2017
Journal name Energy Procedia
Volume number 110
Start page 346
End page 351
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Abstract Membrane distillation (MD) as a novel thermally-driven process with moderate operating temperatures, is an effective technology for salt water desalination, by this process, it becomes achievable to directly utilize low-temperature waste heat or solar energy. This research is aimed to design a lab scale plate-and-frame permeate gap membrane distillation (PGMD) module, with internal heat recovery characteristic which could significantly reduce the energy consumption of the process. In this paper, the PGMD module performance is experimentally investigated for fresh and saline water feed, in terms of permeate water flux, specific thermal energy consumption (STEC) and gained output ratio (GOR). The experimental results show, by increasing the saline feed flow rate in a range of (0.4-1) lit/min, the fresh water flux increase from 3 to 11 kg/, however, the thermal energy demand of process also increased by nearly 20 %. As a result, optimization of the MD module performance is achievable, by adjusting the effective membrane surface area and feed flow rate, to improve internal heat recovery and also produce higher fresh water rate.
Subject Water Treatment Processes
Membrane and Separation Technologies
Photodetectors, Optical Sensors and Solar Cells
Keyword(s) Sustainable desalination
Membrane distillation
Flat module design
Specific thermal energy consumption
Permeate flux
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.151
Copyright notice © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
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