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External Limitations to Reverse Electrodialysis

Druten, Mila Luna van (2023) External Limitations to Reverse Electrodialysis.

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Abstract:Reverse Electrodialysis (RED), a promising renewable energy technology for capturing osmotic power, has the potential to be scaled up to commercial viable levels. This study explores the impacts of external factors on the RED process, specifically on the study area on the Afsluitdijk in the Netherlands. The research identifies a substantial domestic demand for renewable energy. The availability of (fresh) water, the salinity gradient and the water temperatures are analysed as the physical limiting factors. These physical factors showed a more beneficial situation for RED production in the winter months in terms of water availability, but a more suitable salinity gradient and water temperature in the summer months. Societal forces, such as water management and energy demand, play a major role in promoting renewable energy sources and were shown to be inherently intertwined with the status of the physical factors. This study considers future changes of the external limitations based on Delta scenario predictions, showing particularly promising results in terms of water availability under the most extreme climate change scenarios. Despite considerable uncertainties, the findings clearly highlight the potential for upscaling RED under all predicted scenarios.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ITC: Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
Subject:43 environmental science
Programme:Spatial Engineering MSc (60962)
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