Implementation

Book // Clean Water Using Solar and Wind: Outside the Power Grid

By Gustaf Olsson. Solar photo-voltaic (PV) and wind offer to bring both clean energy and clean water to remote regions and peri-urban areas in the world, outside the conventional electric grids. This book aims to show how clean water and clean energy are reachable for all while contributing to both a better climate and a healthier life.

“This book truly deepens our understanding of the water-energy nexus.” Professor Peter D. Lund, Aalto University, Finland

One out of seven people has no electric power available that would bring light to the home, cook the food, pump to access water and purify or re-use it. Off-grid systems are scalable and can be designed to any size, from household to village and community levels. The renewable energy cost development is remarkable and can make electric power affordable also for the poorest.

Renewables promise an end to the era where energy security is closely related to geopolitics. The expenditure is up-front capital cost while “fuel” is free. With renewables, there is no geopolitical pressure where one country has deposits of a fossil fuel while another does not.

Table of contents

Preface and Guide for the Reader 

Part I: Water and Energy – A Human Right 

Chapter 1: Water and energy – for all 

Chapter 2: Towards sustainability goals

Chapter 3: The renewable energy revolution

Part II: Water Technologies 

Chapter 4: Water supply

Chapter 5: Water treatment 

Chapter 6: Solar thermal desalination and solar water heating

Chapter 7: Used water treatment

Part III: Renewable Energy Technologies

Chapter 8: Solar PV

Chapter 9: Wind

Chapter 10: Handling variable production

Chapter 11: Energy management systems

Part IV: Applying Renewable Energy to Water Operations

Chapter 12: Economy

Chapter 13: Land use for energy
Chapter 14: Water operations using renewables – some cases

Part V: The Future

Chapter 15: Outlook to 2030 and further

Appendix 1: Glossary 

Appendix 2: Conversion of units 

Bibliography 

 

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WEFE Nexus Publication // European Commission Position Paper on the WEFE Nexus and the SDGs

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Modelling and Assessment

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