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A novel passive condenser for small-scale water desalination

Schmack, M., Ho, G. and Anda, M. (2013) A novel passive condenser for small-scale water desalination. In: Ozwater'13, 7 - 9 May, Perth, Western Australia



This paper reports on the development and experimental evaluation of a bubble column – passive condenser system as a method for small-scale brackish water or seawater desalination. Particular focus is on the novel condenser prototype. A long narrow condenser of 10cm width and 150cm length demonstrates the best results. In the winter season under favourable ambient conditions, distillate recovery rates of 73% are commonly achieved. Sodium chloride salt removal is found to be highly effective with distillate salt concentrations between 69μS and 101μS. The condenser prototype presented here provides a building block towards the development of a novel bubble column – greenhouse desalination system.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
Publisher: Australian Water Association
Notes: Australia's international water conference and trade exhibition
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