Producing Hydrogen and Fresh Water from Brackish Water Desalination via Electrodialysis
Campisi, Giovanni
Pellegrino, Alessandra
Cipollina, Andrea
Tamburini, Alessandro
Micale, Giorgio

How to Cite

Campisi G., Pellegrino A., Cipollina A., Tamburini A., Micale G., 2023, Producing Hydrogen and Fresh Water from Brackish Water Desalination via Electrodialysis, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 105, 103-108.


Nowadays scientists and communities are particularly worried about climate change and the transition towards renewable energies is a matter of crucial importance. In this context, European Community is strongly promoting the production of green hydrogen, i.e. the electrolysis of water coupled with renewable electrical sources. In addition to the energy issue, United Nations have identified the lack of water as another big issue for modern society. Electrodialysis (ED) is an electro-membrane process able to desalinate a salty feed by the application of an external power supply. It takes advantage of the use of ionic exchange membranes which allow a controlled separation of ions from the salty feed to obtain freshwater and brine as outputs.
The present work tries to address the above issues by proposing the simultaneous production of fresh water and hydrogen with an integrated hydrogen-electrodialysis (HED) unit. The aim of the present work is that of assessing the economic feasibility of the process. To this purpose, a techno-economic model has been developed to predict the behaviour of the HED unit. The model is able to predict experimental data and should be regarded as a simple yet reliable tool to assess the process economic feasibility. Preliminary analyses suggest that the simultaneous production of hydrogen and fresh water may be profitable.