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Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  , Resource  |  30 Oct 2017

Water-Energy Nexus // Emerging Scientific and Engineering Opportunities within the Water-Energy Nexus

By Jeffrey J. Urban. The goal of this article is to define the scientific context of the water-energy nexus and examine ways in which developing technologies could have an impact on the future of deriving energy from water and, in turn, water from energy. Scientists, perched upon the steep slopes of demand curves for water and energy, are charged with developing enhanced techniques to enable a sustainable water and energy future. Inevitably though, for sustainability to be achieved, there must be a pairing of these innovative new technologies with a more cognizant public perception surrounding water use and reuse.

Fundamentally, energy and water resources are deeply interconnected. This presents urgent demands for impactful innovation in light of trends in population and energy consumption. Appropriate technologies can substitute for water in two of its three main roles (thermal medium, solvent, and biological medium); however, innovation is needed as these technologies have evolved over time from engineering needs, and not first-principles scientific thought.

Central research priorities in the water-energy nexus are water-free energy generation, CO2 sequestration, low-energy separations, and enhanced fluids. Above all else discussed in the article, water pretreatment is presently a mystery and could transform future water and energy landscapes on an ultimate path to sustainable energy generation with no water waste.

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Resource  |  , Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  , Central Asia  |  11 Dec 2017

Transboundary Rivers // Transferable Principles for Managing the Nexus: Lessons from Historical Global Water Modelling of Central Asia

The complex relationships within the water-energy-food security nexus tend to be place-specific, increasing the importance of identifying transferable principles to facilitate implementation of a nexus approach. This paper aims...› more

Resource  |  , Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  , Central Asia  |  11 Dec 2017

Transboundary Rivers // Sharing Benefits in Transboundary Rivers: An Experimental Case Study of Central Asian Water-Energy-Agriculture Nexus

By Shokhrukh-Mirzo Jalilov, Olli Varis and Marko Keskinen. Cooperation in transboundary river basins is challenged by the riparian countries’ differing needs for water use. This is the case especially in Amu Darya Basin in...› more

Resource  |  , Policy Papers  |  , Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  , Russian  |  , Central Asia  |  11 Dec 2017

Report and Policy Brief // Rethinking Water in Central Asia: The Costs of Inaction and Benefits of Water Cooperation

By Benjamin Pohl, Annika Kramer, William Hull, Sabine Blumstein, Iskandar Abdullaev, Jusipbek Kazbekov, Tais Reznikova, Ekaterina Strikeleva, Eduard Interwies and Stefan Görlitz. Despite a general commitment to cooperation,...› more