Life-cycle cost analysis of a hybrid algae-based biological desalination - low pressure reverse osmosis system
Li Gao, Gang Liu, Arash Zamyadi, Qilin Wang, Ming Li
WATER RESEARCH | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2021
To fully understand the economic viability and implementation strategy of the emerging algae-based desalination technology, this study investigates the economic aspects of algae-based desalination system by comparing the life-cycle costs of three different scenarios: (1) a multi-stage microalgae based desalination system; (2) a hybrid desalination system based on the combination of microalgae and low pressure reverse osmosis (LPRO) system; and (3) a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination system. It is identified that the capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operational expenditure (OPEX) of scenario 1 are significantly higher than those of scenarios 2 and 3, when algal biomass reuse is not ..View full abstract
Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China [grant no. 51979236]. ML was funded as Tang Scholar by Cyrus Tang Foundation and Northwest A&F University.