Algal Blooms and membrane desalination systems

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.

Donor: Wetsus
Partners: Pentair X-Flow
Duration: 2008 – 2014
IHE staff: Maria Kennedy, Jan Schippers
PhD student: Loreen Villacorte