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

Alvaro Serna, Fernando Tadeo, David Torrijos


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.


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

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