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Osmotic Power


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Osmotic Power is a new kind of Renewable Energy which is being researched upon. This presentation gives an overview and basic idea of how Osmotic Power Generation works and possible advancements in future.

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Osmotic Power

  1. 1. OSMOTIC POWER Submitted By, Snehitha Bolla(2619442) Raja Sandeep (2660330)
  2. 2. OUTLINE  Motivation  Introduction  Osmosis  Osmotic power  Principle  Pressure retarded osmosis (PRO)  Construction  Components  Operation  Experimental results  Advantages  Disadvantages  Future scope  Conclusion
  3. 3. MOTIVATION  Non conventional power in various sources is effected predominantly by climatic conditions and cannot be operated throughout the year.  Need for development of new type of non conventional power that can be operated 24/7 and that is osmotic power.  First osmotic power plant is built in Tofte, Norway in 2009.
  4. 4. INTRODUCTION  Osmotic power is energy available from difference in salt concentration between sea water and river water.  It is huge and unique energy source.  Renewable energy source that converts pressure differential between water with high salinity and water with lower or no salinity in to hydraulic pressure.  Fresh water moves by osmosis through membrane in to sea water.
  5. 5. OSMOSIS  Physical process in which solvent moves across semi permeable membrane separating solutions of different concentrations.  Osmosis is vital process in biological systems as biological membranes are semi permeable. Before Osmosis After Osmosis
  6. 6.  Osmotic pressure:  Minimum pressure that should be applied to a solution to prevent inward flow of water across semi permeable membrane.  Measure of tendency of solution to take in water by osmosis.  Potential osmotic pressure:  Maximum osmotic pressure that can be developed in a solution if it were separated from fresh water by a selective permeable membrane.
  7. 7. OSMOTIC POWER RESULTS Conclusion
  8. 8. PRINCIPLE  Osmotic power is generated by pressure retarded osmosis (PRO).  Technique to separate solvent (fresh water) from a solution that is more concentrated (sea water) and also pressurized. Turbine
  9. 9. PRESSURE RETARDED OSMOSIS  It relies on water molecules moving through a semi permeable membrane.  Semi permeable membrane allows solvent (fresh water) to pass to the concentrated solution (sea water) side by osmosis.  This technique can be used to generate power from salinity gradient energy resulting from the difference in salt concentration between sea water and river water.  Output is proportional to the salinity.
  10. 10. CONSTRUCTION Fig: Commercial Setup for Osmotic Power Generation
  11. 11. COMPONENTS 1. A semi permeable membrane contained in modules. 2. Fresh water and sea water filters that optimize membrane performance. 3. A turbine that generates a driving force based on osmotic pressure and permeation flow rate. 4. A pressure exchanger that pressurizes sea water feed required to maintain high salinity levels downstream from membrane.
  12. 12. OPERATION Fig: Operation of Osmotic power
  13. 13. OPERATION  Fresh water and sea water sent into two different modules.  The two modules are separated by a semi- permeable membrane.  The Fresh water seeps through the semi- permeable membrane to the Salt water side.  This increases pressure on the salt water module.
  14. 14. OPERATION  The salt water flows through the turbine which in turn generates electricity.  The brackish water is sent out to the sea.  The high pressure salt water is again sent to the modules through a pressure exchanger.Fig:Francis Turbine (Cortesy:
  15. 15. EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS Fig: Plot to describe salt water pressure for the flow of water
  16. 16. EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS Fig. Power production from prototype membranes TFC: Thin film membrane composite; CA: Asymmetric Cellulose Acetate
  17. 17. EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS Fig: Results for maximum power density (Wmax)
  18. 18. EFFICIENCY  The efficiency of this Osmotic power is 91.0%.  The Efficiency(Npx) of the Osmotic power is given by the above expression.  Emech,salt is the energy potential of salt water.  Emech,brackish is the energy potential of fresh water.
  19. 19. ADVANTAGES  Steady, predictable output.  Adaptable for small or large generating stations.  Scalable or modular design (membrane modules added as required), making it possible to increase installed capacity.  Generating sites near load centers, limiting power transmission needs.  Good potential for power plant sites.
  20. 20. ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES  Technology similar and complementary to that of hydro-electric power, with osmotic power plants able to be built on already-harnessed rivers.  High risk of clogging and gradual degradation of semi-permeable membranes, necessitating pressure-filtering pretreatment of fresh water and periodic membrane re-placement (every 5 to 7 years)
  21. 21. CONCLUSION  An analysis of the PRO processes for energy production from mixing of freshwater and seawater has been performed at realistic conditions for physical plant operation.  A freshwater utilization efficiency of 40% of the maximum mixing energy of freshwater with sea water.
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