Ruled-based control of off-grid desalination powered by renewable energies

Alvaro Serna, Fernando Tadeo, David Torrijos

Abstract


A rule-based control is presented for desalination plants operating under variable, renewable power availability. This control algorithm is based on two sets of rules: first, a list that prioritizes the reverse osmosis (RO) units of the plant is created, based on the current state and the expected water demand; secondly, the available energy is then dispatched to these units following this prioritized list. The selected strategy is tested on a specific case study: a reverse osmosis plant designed for the production of desalinated water powered by wind and wave energy. Simulation results illustrate the correct performance of the plant under this control.

Keywords


Renewable energies; off-grid; desalination; rule-based control; reverse osmosis.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21622/resd.2015.01.1.205

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