The Energy-Water Nexus: Ongoing Research and Future Opportunities
TCS Building 240
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.