Desalination Efficiency

Saibai Island, TSIRC Water and Sanitation Desalination Efficiency

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  • #7432
    Matthew Eatough
    Participant

      Heyya, what is the efficiency in kWh/m^3 for the current desalination plant? The description mentions that it requires an intensive use for energy and I’m wondering if the kWh/m^3 is similar to other plants, or if it older and hence has a lower efficiency.

      Thanks.

      #7457
      Jean Aquinde
      Keymaster

        Hi Matthew,

        When we mentioned that the mechanical desalination is energy intensive, we’re talking about the energy requirements of the reverse osmosis process in general.

        We’ll try if we can find that specific information from TSIRC. In the meantime, I’m curious as to what other desalination systems are you comparing. Are you able to provide a link here?

        Regards,
        Jean

        #7461
        Matthew Eatough
        Participant

          Hey Jean,

          None specifically, though the average usage is between 1-3kWh/m^3 from my research.

          Thanks for looking into that,
          Matt

          #7494
          Jean Aquinde
          Keymaster

            Hi Matt,

            We still don’t have the figures for the efficiency of the desalination plant, but based on our recent chat with a TSIRC staff, the desalination facility they have is a mobile or portable one (brand name is Calpeda) that they use for emergency purposes only. We were also told that it can fit in a boat.

            Regards,
            Jean

            • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 2 days ago by Jean Aquinde.
            #7523
            Matthew Eatough
            Participant

              Thankyou for looking into that, that is valuable information that will help greatly in our research and idea generation.

              Thanks again, Matt

              #7544
              Jean Aquinde
              Keymaster

                You’re welcome Matt! Goodluck on your project! 🙂

                #7579
                Ashutosh Alung
                Participant

                  Hi,

                  When researching possible options for desalination plant systems, could we also include and consider desalination plant systems that are in their proof-of-concept stage? That is, desalination plant designs suggested by researchers, but that are yet to be actioned?

                  #7617
                  Jean Aquinde
                  Keymaster

                    Hi Ashutosh,

                    Yes, of course you can do that! Please also check our EWB Challenge FAQs for more research related tips from our team!

                    Regards,
                    Jean

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