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U.S. Cities Quench Growing Thirst with Saltwater

On September 17, 2013, in Analysis, Climate, Energy, News, News & Events, Systems Analysis, Water

Ira Flatow interviewed Sandia’s Michael Hightower (Military and Energy Systems Analysis Dept.) for NPR’s “Science Friday,” which aired on September 13th. The program discussed the challenges associated with diminishing fresh water resources, particularly in the west. As reservoirs disappear and wells run dry, cities around the U.S. are turning to saltwater to meet their water […]

Water Increasingly Crucial in Energy Policies, Experts Say

Energy policymakers worldwide should look beyond supply security and environmental questions and consider water resource availability if they expect to succeed, experts said May 3 during a forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “Water has become the Achilles heel of some energy projects,” said M. Michael Hightower, head of the Water for […]

ECIS-UNM: Biomimetic Membranes for Water Purification

Clean water scarcity leads to disease, death, and often international tension. Limited clean water supplies face further stress due to its required use in a number of industrial processes. Reverse osmosis (RO) is currently the best method of desalination (making fresh water from seawater), but the energy requirements and costs for this process are tremendous […]

Energy and Water in the Western and Texas Interconnects

On March 23, 2011, in

Background Objectives Tasks Benefits/ Outcomes Collaborators Links Documents Data Portal Water Scarcity Impacts Energy Production In the United States the energy sector accounts for approximately 41% of daily fresh water withdrawals and 49% of total overall daily water withdrawals for the following energy-related uses: Hydroelectric power generation Thermoelectric power plant cooling and air emissions control […]