Developing Policy for Beneficial Use of Waste Heat Energy for Low-Carbon Impact Thermal Desalination
This study proposes that policy—supported by innovative technologies in desalination and cogeneration—can be used as a mechanism to facilitate thermal desalination for the relief of water stress without the burden of additional carbon emissions. The research methodology for this study drew from technical journals, trade publications, academic research papers, and government publications. The research investigated global water stress, state of the industry desalination methods, industrial combined heat and power (cogeneration) technologies, and existing policies to find viable intersections that support the thesis. Each part of the study synthesizes resulting potentials that are then wrapped together in the policy section regarding the use of policy to support the beneficial use of waste heat energy for low carbon impact thermal desalination. The conclusion of the study integrates the entire picture of market conditions, technologies, and policies to suggest a vision forward.