Thermodynamic cycles of adsorption desalination system

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

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The potential to use waste heat to co-generate cooling and fresh water from saline water using adsorption on silica is attracting increasing attention. A variety of different thermodynamic cycles of such an adsorption desalination (AD) system arise as the temperature of the saline water evaporator is varied relative to temperature of the water used to cool the adsorbent as it adsorbs the evaporated water. In this paper, all these possible thermodynamic cycles are enumerated and analysed to determine their relative performances in terms of specific energy consumption and fresh water productivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-322
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Energy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012


  • Adsorption desalination
  • Cooling
  • Silica gel-water
  • Thermodynamic cycles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • General Energy
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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