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Wind energy for reverse osmosis desalination

Robinson, R., Ho, G.ORCID: 0000-0001-9190-8812 and Mathew, K. (1990) Wind energy for reverse osmosis desalination. In: Mansell, D.S., Stewart, D.F. and Walker B.W. (eds), Technology for Community Development in Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific, 9 - 11 July, Alice Springs, NT, Australia pp. 52-59.

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The need for a desalination system for the removal of salts, including nitrates, from groundwaters has been expressed by Aboriginal communities and water supply agencies in remote areas of Australia. This research paper describes the design, construction, field testing and performance analysis of a prototype windpowered reverse osmosis desalination system for these remote areas. Based on the field tests, a performance model is derived which allows for the prediction of the prototype production given the wind and water characteristics of any location. Conclusions are also drawn as to the appropriateness of the technology for remote Aboriginal communities in Australia.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
Publisher: University of Melbourne and Alice Springs College of TAFE
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