Thermal desal unit planned in Tuticorin power plant – Chennai – India

Thermal power plants are major water guzzlers, exerting tremendous pressure on fresh water resources. So, to find a solution to this complex problem in which one can’t decide between power and water, the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is advocating the concept of producing their own water with the help of a cheaper and reliable Low Temperature Thermal Desalination (LTTD) technology developed by the Chennai-based National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT). M Rajeevan Nair, secretary, MoES, told Express that the government was planning to use the LTTD technology in all thermal plants located close to the coast. The [
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Thermal desal unit planned in Tuticorin power plant – Chennai – India2017-12-07T09:23:19+01:00

Desalination technology basics

Giving the foundation to a building will form its size in footprint and height. Knowing the basics in desalination will show the limits and open opportunities. Reviewing the given technology basics structured on a scientific background from three different angles does lead into a more clear orientation. This section opens up three important basics:

  1. driving forces (in preperation),
  2. working principle and
  3. technology classifications.

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Desalination technology basics2017-07-28T18:38:43+02:00

Working principles in desalination

Working principles in desalination are build up in order to provide everybody dealing with desalination issues an orientation. Of cause this structure is set up to be as general as needed and as detailed as possible.

A lot of basic principles used to desalinate water are working together with other principles as well.

This structure does follow the main driving forces and neglect minor forces even if this forced do support the main goal to desalinate.

Everybody is free to make use of this structur of working principles in desalination but is asked to make a reference to DME [
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Working principles in desalination2017-07-28T18:38:29+02:00

The hidden talent of mushrooms for solar steam generation Read more: The hidden talent of mushrooms for solar steam generation


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In this work, for the first time, researchers utilize living organisms – mushrooms – to generate steam under sunlight. It turns out that the micro- and macrostructures of mushrooms possess all the needed characteristics for a good solar steam-generation device: high solar absorption; efficient water supply and vapor escape; and good thermal management. Interestingly, a mushroom is an unlikely candidate as it typically lives in the shadow, i.e. it doesn’t get to see sunlight that much.
The mushroom maintains its hydrophilicity before and after carbonization because of its components, which include carbohydrates and proteins; the nitrogen functional groups [
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The hidden talent of mushrooms for solar steam generation Read more: The hidden talent of mushrooms for solar steam generation2017-06-06T16:25:40+02:00
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