The Texas Water Journal recently published a paper titled “Systems-level thermodynamic and economic analysis of a seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant integrated with a combined cycle power plant” by Andrew S. Reimers and Dr. Michael E. Webber, both of the University of Texas, Austin. The paper is about a study that includes thermodynamic and economic analyses of a seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant integrated with a small-scale combined cycle natural gas (CCGT) plant ranging from 36–71 megawatts.
According to the abstract, these analyses model electricity produced by the CCGT plant as power for the reverse osmosis plant or for sale to the power grid. These analyses consider the coolant flow rate, carbon intensity, and capital and operating costs of the CCGT plant.
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