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Towards the first proof of the concept of a Reverse ElectroDialysis - Membrane Distillation Heat Engine

Micari, Marina and Cipollina, Andrea and Giacalone, F. and Kosmadakis, M. and Papapetrou, M. and Zaragoza, G. and Micale, Giorgio and Tamburini, Alessandro (2019) Towards the first proof of the concept of a Reverse ElectroDialysis - Membrane Distillation Heat Engine. Desalination, pp. 77-88. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.desal.2018.11.022. ISSN 0011-9164.

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The coupling of Reverse Electrodialysis with Membrane Distillation is a promising option for the conversion of waste heat into electricity. This study evaluates the performances of the integrated system under different operating conditions, employing validated model and correlations. This work provides a detailed description of the behaviour of a real RED-MD heat engine and indicates the set of inlet concentrations, velocities and equipment size which returns the highest cycle exergy efficiency. These operating conditions were selected for the pilot plant developed within the EU-funded project RED Heat to Power. For the first time, a perspective analysis was also included, considering highly performing RED membranes and future MD module. Relevant results indicate that technological improvements may lead to interesting system performance enhancement, up to an exergy efficiency of 16.5%, which is considerably higher than the values reported in literature so far.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/139010/
Document Type:Article
Title:Towards the first proof of the concept of a Reverse ElectroDialysis - Membrane Distillation Heat Engine
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Cipollina, AndreaUniversity of PalermoUNSPECIFIED
Giacalone, F.University of PalermoUNSPECIFIED
Kosmadakis, M.Wirtschaft und Infrastruktur GmbH & Co Planungs-KG (WIP)UNSPECIFIED
Papapetrou, M.University of PalermoUNSPECIFIED
Micale, GiorgioUniversity of PalermoUNSPECIFIED
Tamburini, AlessandroUniversity of PalermoUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Desalination
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.desal.2018.11.022
Page Range:pp. 77-88
Keywords:Reverse ElectroDialysis
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Technology, Innovation and Society
HGF - Program Themes:Renewable Energy and Material Resources for Sustainable Futures - Integrating at Different Scales
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SY - Energy Systems Analysis
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics > Energy Systems Analysis
Deposited By: Borovleva, Tatiana
Deposited On:04 Dec 2020 13:44
Last Modified:04 Dec 2020 13:44

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