Recent progress of research and development of adsorption desalination

Yuanyuan Li, Eric Hu*, Jun W. Wu, Mark J. Biggs

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The large 'carbon footprint' of traditional desalination technologies has spurred interest in several potential alternative technologies that exploit low-grade heat such as waste heat or solar energy. This paper is concerned with one of these alternatives: adsorption-based desalination (AD), which generates potable water and, depending on the cycle details, cooling as well. In this paper, the recent progress on the research and development of the AD technology at the University of Adelaide has been reviewed. Theoretical studies on AD performed there include the development of thermodynamic and kinetic mathematical models, which elucidate the effect of operational and design parameters (e.g., operating heating /cooling water temperatures and cycle times) on the nature of the thermodynamic cycles and performance (i.e., system water productivity and specific energy consumptions) of AD. A series of experiments has been designed and undertaken to validate these models. In addition, the current development status in the AD area in the world is also briefed in the paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-308
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chemical Engineering of Japan
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2014
Event9th Asia Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies 2013 - Narita, Japan
Duration: 5 Jul 20138 Jul 2013


  • Adsorption desalination
  • Cooling
  • Cycles
  • Research and development
  • Silica gel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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