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A multidisciplinary introduction to desalination

Author: Alireza Bazargan
Publisher: Gistrup, Denmark : River Publishers, [2018] ©2018
Series: River Publishers series in earth and environmental sciences.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Although more than 70% of the globe is covered with water, only a small portion is suitable for direct human use, making the scarcity of freshwater one of our plant's most serious challenges. In this context "desalination", defined as "the removal of salt from water", is one of the possible solutions for overcoming our planet's municipal and industrial thirst. By drawing upon the authoritative expertise of a  Read more...
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Bazargan, Alireza.
A Multidisciplinary Introduction to Desalination.
Aalborg : River Publishers, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alireza Bazargan
ISBN: 9788793379534 8793379536
OCLC Number: 1027140026
Description: 1 online resource (lv, 659 pages).
Contents: Part I. Introduction --
1. Water scarcity : where we stand / Eric M. V. Hoek --
2. Alternative freshwater solutions to desalination / Arjen van Nieuwenhuijzen [and 3 others] --
3. Fundamentals of desalination technology / Alireza Bazargan and Blanca Salgado --
4. Water chemistry and desalinated water quality / Alireza Bazargan, Amir Jafari and Mohammad Hossein Behnoud --
Part II. Unit operations --
5. Thermal processes / Ibrahim S. Al-Mutaz --
6. Membrane desalination technologies / Dongxu Yan --
7.Pretreatment / Nikolay Voutchkov --
8. Post-treatment / Alireza Bazargan, Reza Mohktari and Mohammad Shamszadeh --Part III. Science and technology --
9. The origins of today's desalination technologies / Dr. Jim Birkett --
10. Research and development management / John Peichel and Alireza Bazargan --
11. Membrane chemistry and technology / Steven Jons [and 3 others] --
12. State-of-the-art desalination research / Seyed Hamed Aboutalebi, Alexandros Yfantis and Nokolaos Yfantis --
Part IV. Energy and environment --
13. Desalination powered by renewable and nuclear energy sources / Veera Gnaneswar Gude --
14. Energy consumption and minimization / Konstantinos Plakas, Dimitrios Sioutopoulos and Anastasios Karabelas --
15. Brine management / Christopher Bellona --
16. Environmental impacts of desalination plants / Karim Bourouni --
Part V. Social and commercial issues --
17. Rural desalination / Leila Karimi and Abbas Ghassemi --
18. Society, politics, and desalination / David Zetland --
19. Desalination costs and economic feasibility / Jadwiga R. Ziolkowska --
20. The business of desalination / Tom Scotney and Simeon Pinder.
Series Title: River Publishers series in earth and environmental sciences.
Responsibility: editor Alireza Bazargan.

Abstract:

Although more than 70% of the globe is covered with water, only a small portion is suitable for direct human use, making the scarcity of freshwater one of our plant's most serious challenges. In this context "desalination", defined as "the removal of salt from water", is one of the possible solutions for overcoming our planet's municipal and industrial thirst. By drawing upon the authoritative expertise of a remarkable team of international authors, this book aims to provide an encompassing and "multidisciplinary" introduction to various aspects of desalination. The forte of this publication is that it does not overtly focus on a particular sub-topic of desalination, but rather addresses the topic as a whole. In other words, the unique assortment of reader-friendly chapters is designed to strike a delicate balance between the technical and non-technical. The book is divided into five general sections: The first section presents an overview of water scarcity, followed by a review of integrated water management and the alternatives to desalination. The fundamentals of desalination are provided, including simple water chemistry; The second section covers the conventional technologies of today, including thermal and membrane desalination processes. The topics of pre- and post- treatment are given due credit, as no desalination plant can operate without them; The third section reviews the history of how desalination technologies originated, including a review of today's R&D activities and cutting edge research. The processes and engineering applied for membrane manufacturing are also presented; Section four is concerned with energy and environmental issues, including the application of renewable and nuclear energy, minimization of energy usage and the water-energy-nexus, brine management, and environmental impacts; Finally, section five covers the social and commercial issues, ranging from rural desalination, to the politics of desalination. Desalination costs and feasibility are presented, as well as issues in business development and the future market prospects. Effectively, A Multidisciplinary Introduction to Desalination aims to be a holistic go-to-compendium for anyone seeking a balanced understanding of the various facets of desalination.

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