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Engineering    2017, Vol. 3 Issue (3) : 290 -298
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Membrane Engineering for Green Process Engineering
Francesca Macedonio1,2(),Enrico Drioli1,2,3,4
1. Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM–CNR), University of Calabria, Rende 87036, Italy
2. Department of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, University of Calabria, Rende 87036, Italy
3. Department of Energy Engineering, Collega of Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791, Korea
4. Center of Excellence in Desalination Technology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia

Green process engineering, which is based on the principles of the process intensi?cation strategy, can provide an important contribution toward achieving industrial sustainable development. Green process engineering refers to innovative equipment and process methods that are expected to bring about substantial improvements in chemical and any other manufacturing and processing aspects. It includes decreasing production costs, equipment size, energy consumption, and waste generation, and improving remote control, information ?uxes, and process ?exibility. Membrane-based technology assists in the pursuit of these principles, and the potential of membrane operations has been widely recognized in the last few years. This work starts by presenting an overview of the membrane operations that are utilized in water treatment and in the production of energy and raw materials. Next, it describes the potential advantages of innovative membrane-based integrated systems. A case study on an integrated membrane system (IMS) for seawater desalination coupled with raw materials production is presented. The aim of this work is to show how membrane systems can contribute to the realization of the goals of zero liquid discharge (ZLD), total raw materials utilization, and low energy consumption.

Keywords Membrane engineering      Energy/water/raw materials production      Beyond seawater reverse osmosis     
Corresponding Authors: Francesca Macedonio   
Just Accepted Date: 15 June 2017   Issue Date: 30 June 2017
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