Desalination Technology is developing globally very fast these days. More and more desalination technologies getting applied into the conventional water treatment business today. DME does follow and support this development on an international basis starting from the first idea up to commodity products.
Desalination technology is used by humans since thousands of years. Being in the desert surrounded by sand and rocks or being on the sea sailing through salty waters, always fresh water is needed every day to keep the human body in a balanced hydrate mode.
Nature started using desalination processes from the very first moment. Different concentration levels drive everything alive on our planet. Humans started using first evaporation and condensation processes to purify unusable water. In the last century the number of processes to desalinate water and other liquids has gone through a very big development. New processes have been […]
Saving material and energy per ton of water produced is the main target of all developments in desalination. Due to this basic attempt every of the today known technology has to prove its benefits against the established ones. Not pointing out every new technology three of them are selected and briefly described at this stage (2017).
Obviously an idea for a technology needs to develop. On the right hand side you can see an overview of different technologies. This sketch does illustrate the state of science knowledge and in the same way the state of Development, Technology and Art.
Legend: State of […]
Membrane Distillation (MD) is a thermal desalination process in which water vapour is transported through a hydrophobic porous membrane. Due to a partial pressure difference of vapour between a liquid surface and an air or gas stream, water is vaporised although the liquid phase is much below boiling temperature. A hydrophobic membrane can separate the two phases – liquid water and either vapour or vapour-gas mixture – in order to avoid the transfer of liquid or allow compact stream arrangements. Thus, MD is a non-isothermal membrane separation process with combined heat and mass transfer over the membrane. Parallel arrangement […]
In Capacitive Deionization (CDI), charged ionic species are removed from aqueous solutions. The ions are adsorbed onto the surface of a pair of electrically charged electrodes, usually composed of highly porous carbon materials, upon applying an electrical voltage difference. Upon charging the electrodes with a voltage difference of typically 1-1.4 V, the salt ions present in the feed migrate to the electrode of opposite charge, cations to the cathode and anions to the anode, and form electrical double layers (EDLs) along the pore surface. Thus, the water flowing through the CDI cell is partially desalinated. In a discharging step, […]
Wasserversorger versuchen bereits heute, das Wasser mit unterschiedlichen Maßnahmen zu schützen, indem sie die darüber liegenden Flächen selbst pachten, Brunnen verlagern oder belastetes mit unbelastetem Wasser mischen. Auch diese Kosten fließen bereits heute in den Trinkwasserpreis mit ein.
Doch derartige Maßnahmen werden in Zukunft in hochbelasteten Regionen nicht ausreichen, um den Nitratwert im Trinkwasser niedrig zu halten. Die UBA-Studie hat dies mit Daten von und in Kooperation mit drei großen Wasserversorgern untersucht: OOWV (Oldenburgisch-Ostfriesischer Wasserverband), Rheinenergie und RWW (Rheinisch-Westfälische Wasserwerksgesellschaft). Ergebnis: In einigen Gebieten könnte bald der Fall eintreten, dass das Wasser zusätzlich gereinigt werden muss. Dazu gibt […]