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Membrane Water Treatment
  Volume 12, Number 4, July 2021 , pages 177-185

Cost analysis and scheduling of the desalination vessel using reverse osmosis technology
Hien Thi Nguyen, Kyungjin Cho, Am Jang and Seongpil Jeong

    Water scarcity issue becomes severe due to climate change and increase of water needs, globally. In order to provide fresh water in islands, small-scale desalination plants (< 100 m3/day) had been installed using reverse osmosis technology. To decrease high desalination cost of small-scale SWRO plants in islands in Republic of Korea, the desalination vessel having RO system (300 m3/day) was recently suggested. The desalination costs of the small-scale SWRO plants in islands and desalination vessel which can provide desalinated water to several islands were analyzed and were compared. The operational schedule of the desalination vessel in Shinan-gun, Republic of Korea was suggested considering the water demands, velocity and water storage of the desalination vessel, and distances between target islands. It was found that the water production cost could be saved when the desalination vessel was applied in Shinan-gun, Republic of Korea.
Key Words
    cost analysis; desalination vessel; reverse osmosis (RO); small-scale desalination; vessel routes
Hien Thi Nguyen, Kyungjin Cho and Seongpil Jeong: Division of Energy & Environment Technology, KIST school, Korea University of Science and Technology, Seoul 02792, Republic of Korea/ Water Cycle Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul 02792, Republic of Korea

Am Jang: Graduate School of Water Resources, Sungkyunkwan University, Jangan-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do 440-746, Republic of Korea

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