The goal of this study is to understand the adverse impact of seawater algal bloom on the operation of UF and RO membrane systems. Furthermore, this study aims to develop/improve methods to investigate the characteristics and the membrane fouling potential of algae and algal organic matter (AOM). The ultimate goal is to provide engineers/operators with a better understanding as well as reliable assessment tools to develop robust processes and effective operation strategies to maintain stable operation in membrane-based desalination plants during an algal bloom.
Partners: Pentair X-Flow
Duration: 2008 – 2014
IHE staff: Maria Kennedy, Jan Schippers
PhD student: Loreen Villacorte