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Determination of salinity gradient power potential in Québec, Canada


Determination of salinity gradient power potential in Québec, Canada

Berrouche, Y. and Pillay, Pragasen (2012) Determination of salinity gradient power potential in Québec, Canada. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 4 (5). 053113. ISSN 19417012

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Electrical energy can be produced from the chemical potential difference of two liquids with dissimilar salinities. This source of energy is known as salinity gradient power. In this paper, the theory, the technologies used to exploit the power, the major challenges, and their development trends are first presented. Then a modeling of fluxes across semi permeable membranes is proposed and validated. Next, an energy balance study is done in order to estimate the power potential for a given salinity gradient system. By applying this study to several rivers in Quebec, the salinity power gradient potential is estimated to 45 TWh/yr based on the minimal flow rate of each river.

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Electrical and Computer Engineering
Item Type:Article
Authors:Berrouche, Y. and Pillay, Pragasen
Journal or Publication:Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1063/1.4754439
Keywords:hydroelectric power stations, membranes, reverse osmosis
ID Code:977849
Deposited By: Danielle Dennie
Deposited On:26 Sep 2013 15:33
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:45


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