Energy Efficient Waste Heat Coupled Forward Osmosis For Effluent Water Management At Coal-Fired Power Plants Email Page
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Performer: University of Illinois
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Website: University of Illinois
Award Number: FE0031551
Project Duration: 12/19/2017 – 12/31/2020
Total Award Value: $929,617
DOE Share: $743,410
Performer Share: $186,207
Technology Area: Plant Optimization Technologies
Key Technology: Water Management R&D
Location: Champaign, Illinois

Project Description

This project will evaluate a transformational low energy (less than 200 kilojoules/kilogram water) waste heat coupled forward osmosis (FO) based water treatment system (the Aquapod©), adapted to meet the complex and unique environment of a power plant, to manage effluents, meet cooling water demands and achieve water conservation. The target is to enable recovery of at least 50 percent of the water from highly degraded water sources without extensive pretreatment in a cost effective manner.

Project Benefits

The use of the Aquapod© FO process can double to quadruple the amount of water recovery from power plant effluents per unit of input energy compared to the current state-of-the-art. It is also an intrinsically safe process unlike the current state-of-the-art which utilizes gaseous ammonia. Project outcomes will enable the early stage evaluation of a transformational water treatment system adapted to the power plant environment. A partner utility is engaged early in the technology development to assure that results would be applicable to large scale coal-fired power plants.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager Charles E. Miller:
Technology Manager Briggs White:
Principal Investigator Nandakishore Rajagopalan:


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