Advantages of membrane distillation

The main advantages of membrane distillation over conventional distillation processes are: lower operating temperatures, compact modules, mist elimination, and the possibility of overcoming corrosion problems by using plastic equipment. This process can use available energy sources such as solar energy or waste energy in industrial processes. However, the process still has shortcomings such as membrane wetting and high membrane cost. Development of new membranes, membrane coatings, and increased competition among manufacturers should reduce the latter drawback.

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