Novel pervaporation technology using absorption refrigeration for vapor removal



A novel process configuration for pervaporation and vapor permeation realizes the permeation driving force by absorbing the permeate vapor into a suitable solution with a very low vapor pressure. Although the suggested process design lacks an experimental demonstration, by using two well-established technologies—the separation by pervaporation and the absorption refrigeration—it can achieve technical and economic advantages over the conventional condensation technology. Vacuum pressures as low as 8 mbar can be obtained at ambient temperatures without refrigeration, as well as low vacuum ranges that are not possible by condensation without freezing. Process simulations and feasibility investigations for the suggested process are discussed.