The Water-Energy Nexus at DOE: Challenges and Opportunities for Collaboration
08/20/2014 - 1:00 - 2:30 pm Eastern
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) formed the Water-Energy Tech
Team (WETT) to identify and pursue cross-cutting technology, data, modeling,
analysis, and policy priorities relevant to the water-energy nexus. In
this webcast, the DOE is reaching out to the water sector to share
funding, technical assistance, and partnership opportunities including the
DOE’s Industrial Assessment Centers, CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships, and
a New Solicitation for Renewable Energy Projects and Efficient Energy Projects.
The WETT also facilitates coordination of activities
within the DOE and outreach with other stakeholders. The water-energy
nexus is integral to two DOE policy priorities: climate change and energy
security. When severe drought affected more than a third of the United States
in 2012, limited water availability constrained the operation of some power
plants and other energy production activities. Hurricane Sandy
demonstrated the compounding ramifications of vital water infrastructure losing
power. The recent boom in domestic unconventional oil and gas development has added complexity to the national
dialogue on the relationship between energy and water resources.
The WETT has drafted The Water-Energy Nexus:Challenges and Opportunities, which frames an integrated challenge and opportunity space around the nexus
for DOE and its partners and lays the foundation for future efforts. The
WETT has identified six strategic pillars that will serve as the foundation for
coordinating R&D: including energy use and generation at water/wastewater
facilities, water reuse, and water use in power generation and unconventional
oil and gas development.
Webcast Presentation Handouts
- Diana Bauer, PhD, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, US DOE
- Jay Wrobel, Advanced Manufacturing Office, US DOE
- Brendan Bell, Loan Programs Office, US DOE
- Aaron Fisher, PhD, PMP, Energetics Incorporated
- Barry Liner, PhD, PE, WEF (Moderator)
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