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Zero Discharge Waste Brine Management for Desalination Plants

University of Texas at El Paso; El Paso TX.
December 2002

Report #89 - Abstract -

Desalination of brackish water at inland locations must consider environmentally appropriate and cost effective brine concentrate management and/or disposal. This project examines a systems approach for desalination/brine management via a Salinity Gradient Solar Pond (SGSP) coupled with a Brine Concentrator and Recovery System (BCRS). The BCRS was tested over a broad range of operational conditions with the thermal energy derived from a SGSP. The relationship between system performance and operating conditions was analyzed to determine the economic and technical viability of the BCRS technology. Mathematical and computer models were developed to describe the physical behavior of the BCRS and predict its performance.


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