Environmental Science Division (EVS) a Division of Argonne National Laboratory

The Energy-Water Nexus: Ongoing Research and Future Opportunities

February 13, 2014
Speaker:
Christopher Harto
Environmental Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory
Date:Thursday, February 13, 2014
Time:2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location:Argonne National Laboratory
TCS Building 240
Rooms 1404/1405

The energy-water nexus refers broadly to a wide range of topics relating to the interactions between energy and water. Not only does the production of energy often require large quantities of water, but the transportation and treatment of water are also large consumers of energy. Over the past decades, the connections between energy and water have only grown stronger, as economic development has resulted in increasing demand for both. Furthermore, climate change represents a potential threat to water availability in many areas of the country and the globe. As water becomes scarcer, more energy-intensive methods of providing water for human and industrial needs, such as desalination and long-distance transportation projects, become necessary.

This seminar will introduce many key problems and questions related to the energy-water nexus, discuss some recently completed and ongoing research efforts at Argonne, and provide an update on ongoing efforts within DOE to develop a more comprehensive research program in this area.

Estimated annual water consumption in acre-feet per year (AFY) by county for fossil fuel production in the western United States
Estimated annual water consumption in acre-feet per year (AFY) by county for fossil fuel production in the western United States [Source: Sandia/Argonne]
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