Solar thermal desalination from seawater is an attractive option to achieve sustainable water production with minimum/zero liquid discharge. Reducing the cost of desalination is a key for affordability, therefore unitisation of waste heat to drive the thermal desalination is considered. Supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) cycles achieve higher efficiency than conventional steam Rankine cycle with a very compact plant footprint, facilitating the capital cost reduction of the concentrated solar power (CSP) plant. This student project will design power cycles using different novel CO2 blends to drive desalination plant, funded by EU-H2020 DESOLINATION project in partnership with Cranfield Industrial PhD partnership scheme.
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