Prospect of stand-alone wave-powered water desalination system

Samrat, Nahidul Hoque; Ahmad, Norhafizan; Choudhury, Imtiaz Ahmed
January 2016
Desalination & Water Treatment;Jan2016, Vol. 57 Issue 1, p51
Academic Journal
Our earth is a water planet; nearly two thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by ocean water. But the shortage of fresh water is a major problem in many areas, especially in rural villages near to the sea or islands. Now, renewable energy-based desalination system is rising around the world due to the adverse environmental effect and high-energy requirements of the conventional fuel-based desalination system. This paper describes the prospect of an off-grid stand-alone wave-powered reverse osmosis desalination system for those areas. A simulation model for the prediction of the wave power delivered for a given value of the wave height and period is adopted. Based on the availability of the wave data, the amount of the water produced at different sites of Malaysia can be calculated in this paper. In addition, this paper deals with an economical analysis of wave energy production for reverse osmosis desalination system.


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