An ocean thermocline desalination system using the direct spray method

Qian Chen, Muhammad Burhan, Kum Ja M., Yong Li, Kim Choon Ng

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Most of the existing desalination technologies are highly dependent on primary energy, limiting their applications to affluent areas. To address water scarcity in remote areas, it is crucial to exploit the potential of renewable energy sources for desalination. The natural temperature gradient between the surface and deep seabed, i.e., the ocean thermocline, can provide sufficient driving forces for low-temperature thermal desalination. This study presents a thermocline desalination system using the direct spray method. A single-stage spray desalination setup is designed and operated under the temperature ranges that are typical in ocean thermocline. The minimum temperature gradients to drive the system is
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115373
StatePublished - Sep 29 2021

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-10-08
Acknowledgements: This research was supported by the Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • General Materials Science
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Chemistry
  • Mechanical Engineering


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