Experimental Investigation on Fresh Water Production using Air Gap Membrane Distillation
Mohamad Hafizuddin bin Roslan1, Rubina Bahar2, Irfan Hilmy3

1Mohamad Hafizuddin bin Roslan, Department of MME, Kulliyyah of Engineering, IIUM.
2Rubina Bahar, Department of MME, Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science, UTAR.
3Irfan Hilmy, Department of MME, Kulliyyah of Engineering, IIUM.
Manuscript received on 22 March 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 03 April 2019 | Manuscript Published on 18 April 2019 | PP: 229-234 | Volume-7 Issue-6S March 2019 | Retrieval Number: F02450376S19/2019©BEIESP
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Abstract: Fresh waters are one of essential element to human being. Since five years ago, certain area in Selangor, Malaysia, facing insufficient water supply due to the lack of fresh water resources and the increase of maintenances cost. To overcome this problem, other alternatives in producing fresh water should be implemented. As a suggestion, freshwater production using membrane distillation could be utilized. Membrane distillation with solar heat as a main power source is a good solution for this problem. This mechanism not only could help in producing enough fresh water supplies, but also could help reducing the use of non-renewable energy. Heating mechanism using solar panel was utilized. However, to use this mechanism, study about the way to confine the heat, and the mechanism compatibility should be done first. To achieve those requirements, the overall system of fresh water production should be evaluated first. The performance of the current system has been evaluated. From the result, it can be seen the potential and feasibility of this system to produce the fresh water.
Keywords: Solar Heater; Membrane Distillation; Heat Transfer.
Scope of the Article: Production Engineering