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A Case Study of Decentralized Off-Grid Water Treatment Using Reverse Osmosis

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Reza Baghaei Lakeh, Daniel Andrade, Kyle J. Miller, Bowen Du, Joshua Pham, Mohammad M. Modabernia, Pui Y. Ng, Thuan N. Nguyen, Justine L. Nguyen, Crystal Mena, Kevin R. Anderson, Mohammadali Sharbatmaleki

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, CA

Paper No. IMECE2017-70828, pp. V005T06A037; 5 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 5: Education and Globalization
  • Tampa, Florida, USA, November 3–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5840-0
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Decentralized water treatment consists of a variety of water treatment techniques for dwellings, industrial facilities, homes, and businesses independent of the power grid. According to the United States Geological Survey, brackish groundwater is abundant in the southwestern states including California; hence it can potentially be considered a new source for California’s water portfolio. Most of membrane-based desalination technologies (e.g. reverse osmosis) have high energy demand and cost. Using renewable energy (mostly solar photovoltaics) in concert with membrane-based water desalination can be utilized to develop decentralized and off-grid brackish water desalination systems especially for remote and rural regions. In this paper, the results of a case study on decentralized off-grid brackish water system have been presented and discussed. The system utilizes a high pressure pump that can provide a feed flow rate of 2.2 gpm of at 140 psi. The system is run by solar photovoltaic panels through a battery bank. The results of the study show that the system is capable of treating brackish water at a salt rejection rate of more than 97.5% and a recovery rate up to 80%.

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