Switching desalination plants from carbon dioxide source to sink

An Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology article highlighted in Chemistry World by Katie Lim

A UK researcher has proposed a new process to decompose waste desalination brine using solar energy that could allow desalination plants to act as a sink rather than a source of atmospheric carbon dioxide, and help to neutralise ocean acidity.

Desalination plants

Phil Renforth, a geo-environmental engineer from Cardiff University, highlights that a major advantage of Davies’ process is that it can be appended to existing technology. ‘This approach may allow the industry to transform itself from a carbon dioxide villain into a force for good in the climate change debate.’

Read the full article in Chemistry World.

Read the full research paper for free* in Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology:
Solar thermal decomposition of desalination reject brine for carbon dioxide removal and neutralisation of ocean acidity

P. A. Davies
Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol.
, 2015, Advance Article
10.1039/C4EW00058G, Communication

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One Response to “Switching desalination plants from carbon dioxide source to sink”

  1. James says:

    Thermal decomposition of reject brine could help combat carbon dioxide emissions and ocean acidification

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