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Advances in Research on Renewable Energy Technologies Integrated with Desalination Systems

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "A: Sustainable Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 September 2024 | Viewed by 337

Special Issue Editors

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Faculty of Science, Engineering, and Computing (SEC), De Montfort University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Interests: renewable energy; desalination systems; salinity gradient based power (SGP) generation systems; carbon capture; artificial neural network-based process optimization

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Mechanical and Construction Engineering Department, University of Northumbria, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 8ST, UK
Interests: water treatment; cooling; energy storage; renewables; thermodynamics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue focuses on the crucial intersection of renewable energy technologies and water desalination processes. This emerging field aims to address two pressing global challenges simultaneously: the growing demand for clean water and the need to transition towards sustainable energy sources.

Water scarcity is a significant concern in many regions, and desalination has emerged as a solution to provide fresh water from seawater or brackish sources. However, traditional desalination processes are energy-intensive and can contribute to environmental degradation. The integration of renewable energy technologies, such as solar, wind, geothermal, and salinity gradient energy, with desalination systems presents a promising solution. By utilizing clean and abundant energy sources, the energy footprint of desalination processes can be reduced, making them more environmentally friendly and economically viable.

This Special Issue aims to showcase cutting-edge research that explores the technical advancements, innovations, and challenges in integrating renewable energy technologies with desalination systems. It invites research paper submissions that explore the design, material development and characterization, performance evaluation, comparative analysis, optimization, and real-world implementation of such integrated systems. Ultimately, this collaboration between renewable energy and desalination holds great potential to ensure access to clean water while contributing to a sustainable and greener future. Researchers are encouraged to submit their work to contribute to the collective knowledge at the nexus of water and energy.

Dr. Muhammad Wajid Saleem
Dr. Muhammad Wakil Shahzad
Guest Editors

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  • hybrid desalination systems
  • thermally driven desalination systems
  • membrane desalination technologies
  • performance optimization
  • sustainable desalination system
  • stand-alone desalination systems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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Title: Visualizing the Landscape and Evolution of Solar Energy Integrated Desalination Systems by Scientometric Analysis
Authors: Yvhan Berana; Muhammad Wajid Saleem; Hassan Ali
Affiliation: De Montfort University Dubai
Abstract: Efficiently harnessing solar energy can drive future advancements and environmental conservation. Extensive research has focused on utilizing this limitless energy, especially in desalination, to meet the rising demand for potable water due to the increasing human population. In this manuscript, the solar integration with desalination technology was explored through the scientometric analysis. Scientometric analysis adopted in this manuscript is a combination of bibliometric and citation analysis of currently published research work. Utilizing VOSViewer, a visualization software along with Web of Science Core Collection for data collection was used to determine the current trends and highlight the influential contribution in terms of countries, affiliation, and authors. 1855 research papers were considered through ten different keywords for the last decade. China is the country with higher publication and collective citation count. Similarly, Egypt’s institutes are the most influential affiliations and Abd Elnaby Kabeel has the most collective citation with regards to solar desalination. This analysis highlights the previous and current developments as well as predict how much further the research can extend to in the coming years.

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