Comparative analysis of desalination technologies

P. G. Youssef, R. K. Al-Dadah*, S. M. Mahmoud

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As the world population is growing, the need for fresh water is increasing. Water desalination is a mean for producing fresh water from saline water abundant in seas and oceans. Various technologies have been used to desalinate saline water with different performance characteristics. This work outlines current desalination technologies and compares their performance in terms of input and output water quality, amount of energy required, environmental impact and cost. It was found that adsorption desalination technology is a promising method for desalinating seawater due to its low running cost and low environmental impact as it uses waste energy resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2604-2607
Number of pages4
JournalEnergy Procedia
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event6th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE 2014 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 30 May 20142 Jun 2014


  • Adsorption.
  • Chemical
  • Desalination
  • Membrane
  • Thermal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy


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