A study on boron removal for seawater desalination using the combination process of mineral cluster and RO membrane system

Cho, Bong-Yeon;Kim, Hye-Won;Shin, Yee-Sook

  • 투고 : 2014.12.08
  • 심사 : 2015.08.13
  • 발행 : 2015.09.30


Complicated and expensive seawater desalination technology is a big challenge in boron removal process. Conventional seawater desalination process of coagulation utilized for pre-treatment is difficult to remove boron. Boron can be removed more effectively in Reverse Osmosis (RO) process than any other processes. In this study, a coagulant with the name Mineral Cluster was examined its boron removal ability. Boron removal efficiency of Mineral Cluster depended on pH value and Mineral Cluster dosage. Desalination process combines the pre-treatment process with Mineral cluster diluted at the ratio of 1:2500 and the RO membrane process. The original sea water could be desalinated to drinking water quality, 1 mg/L, without any pH adjustments. Therefore, if the Mineral cluster is added without any other chemicals for adjusting pH, the desalination process would be much safer, efficient and economical.


Black Mica;Boron;Desalination;Illite;Mineral Cluster;RO membrane


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