Session Descriptions

Water for the Power Sector: Managing Water Demand for the Production of Power

  • Advanced cooling technologies (including air and wet-dry hybrid systems),
  • Water source switching for cooling (effluent, brackish, etc.),
  • Heat exchanger design,
  • Rugged materials for efficient cooling,
  • Avoiding corrosion or scaling,
  • Advanced cooling system monitoring systems,
  • Software for modeling cooling systems,
  • Integrated thermoeconomic analysis,
  • Integrating smart grid with smart water and smart gas,
  • Decision-making tools for water resource management, and
  • Predicting and monitoring thermal pollution.

 

Water for Fuels Production: Managing Water Demand for the Production of Fuels

  • Waterless hydraulic fracturing techniques,
  • Water reuse for unconventional oil and gas production,
  • Water source switching for hydraulic fracturing (effluent, brackish, re-use, etc.),
  • Distributed on-site wastewater treatment systems,
  • Advanced biofuels that are not as freshwater-intensive (algae, cellulosics, etc.),
  • Techniques for waterless separation of mined materials,
  • Decision-making tools for water resource management, and
  • Analyzing the potential for water and energy markets to collaborate

 

Energy for Water: Managing the Energy Demands of Extracting, Treating, and Transporting Water

  • Better membranes that don’t foul and have reduced energy requirements
  • VFD water pumps,
  • Integrated appliance design for using waste heat for water heating
  • Smart grid, smart water and smart gas,
  • Advanced greywater reuse systems for irrigation and cooling,
  • Advanced water meters,
  • Water source switching for hydraulic fracturing (effluent, brackish, re-use, etc.),
  • Integrated rooftop harvesting, treatment and heating systems,
  • Combined renewables and water treatment systems, and
  • Decision-making tools for water resource management.

 

Managing Social, Behavioral, Policy, and Economic Structures to Enhance Water and Energy Use Efficiences

  • Policy and regulatory issues and drivers
  • Social science applications to energy water efficiency improvements
  • Economic issues, incentives or disincentives that should be pursues or addressed
  • Improved energy water decision management to better improve policies and regulations
  • Urban and rural planning research to support and drive energy and water and other resource sustainability
  • Bring together professional organizations for coordination and planning around the energy-water nexus