Special Issue "Solar Energy and Desalination"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Elena Guillen Burrieza
Guest Editor
AEE-INTEC Institut für Nachhaltige Technologien, Gleisdorf, Austria
Interests: solar thermal; CSP+D; membrane distillation; desalination; ammonia recovery; modeling; membrane transport phenomena; membrane hydrophobicity; membrane scaling and wetting; membrane materials; CLC storage
Dr. Patricia Palenzuela-Ardila
Co-Guest Editor
CIEMAT-Plataforma Solar de Almería, Almeria, Spain
Interests: solar thermal; CSP+D; multieffect distillation; thermal vapor compression; absorption heat pumps; steam ejectors; nanofiltration; modeling and simulation; reverse osmosis; CSP+PV; water consumption reduction in CSP plants

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Increasing pressure over water bodies and worsening climate conditions are facts that a growing population is and will be facing in the near future. Water scarcity not only negatively affects our health and the planet biodiversity but increases societal inequities and threatens our economic model. Desalination is a substantial and reliable source of fresh water already in many countries and is a growing market globally. However, desalination is also an energy-intensive process contributing greatly to GHG emissions. In fact, the IEA largest predicted energy growth related to water operations is for desalination (IEA, 2016). Hence, desalination will only be a sustainable option if operated with renewable energy.

In this context, solar desalination emerges as an alternative of great interest due to the geographical coincidence of areas that suffer from water stress and have easy access to seawater and high levels of solar irradiation. In this Special Issue, we want to contribute to improve the knowledge on the specific challenges and technoeconomic analysis of the many possible combinations for integrating solar energy (i.e., CSP, PV, CPV, etc.) with desalination processes (i.e., MSF, MED, MD, RO, HDH, FO, Absorption, etc.). We therefore invite papers on innovative technical developments, reviews, case studies, technoeconomic analyses, simulation papers, etc., relevant to solar energy and desalination systems in all their possible combinations.

Dr. Elena Guillen Burrieza
Guest Editor
Dr. Patricia Palenzuela-Ardila
Co-Guest Editor

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  • Thermal and mechanical desalination technologies (MSF, MED, MD, RO, HDH, FO, Absorption, etc.) and their specific challenges when coupled with solar energy (CSP+D, PV+D, CPV+D)
  • Enhancing thermal desalination tecnologies coupled to CSP
  • New desalination concepts specific to solar coupling
  • The role of the storage and the control strategies
  • Solar radiation in coastal environments
  • Water consumption in CSP/PV plants and the role of desalination
  • KPIs for the deployment of solar desalination

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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