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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Nexus Policies in Europe // The Relevance of the Water-Energy Nexus for EU Policies

Energy and water systems depend on each other in many ways. Most energy and climate projections suggest that the water-energy nexus will be affected by the shifting availability of water resources due to climate change and the increasing penetration of non-dispatchable renewable energy sources. It is crucial to estimate these impacts: water resources shall be accurately incorporated into power systems operations and planning, water use shall be integrated into large-scale grid analyses, and market design studies will have to consider the value of water. This magazine gives an overview of EU policies and projects.


  • Forword: The relevance of the water-energy nexus for EU policies
  • The Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus project at the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), by Giovanni Bidoglio
  • About energy and water diplomacy, by Carmen Marques & Beata Slominska
  • Quantifying the trade-offs in the water and energy nexus, by Anna Delgado and Diego Rodoríguez
  • Energy’s role in achieving universal access to clean water and sanitation, Molly A. Walton
  • About modelling the energy, water and food nexus, by Pedro Linares & Zarrar Khan
  • European Climatic Energy Mixes: a proof-of-concept climate service to assess future renewable energy mixes in Europe within the Copernicus Climate Change Service, by Alberto Troccoli
  • About the WANDEL project, by Martina Flörke & Zita Sebesvari
  • Seeking sustainable CLEWs – Climate, Land, Energy and Water Strategies: An integrated systems approach to meet sustainable development challenges, by Marc Howells
  • How RES-based desalination may help to meet water needs in the EU, by Soteris Kalogirou


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October 2018


SETIS Magazine No. 18

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Floating Solar // Where Sun Meets Water – Floating Solar Market Report Executive Summary

By World Bank Group, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS). Floating solar photovoltaic installations open new opportunities for scaling up solar generating capacity, especially in countries with high population density and competing uses for available land. Floating Solar Market Report - Executive Summary presents an overview of floating solar technologies, current deployment market and future opportunities, challenges...

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Modelling and Assessment

Nexus Modelling // Involving the Water–Energy–Food Nexus in Integrating Low-Income and Isolated Communities

By Brenda Cansino-Loeza and José María Ponce-Ortega. This work presents a general mathematical programming model for satisfying water, energy, and food needs in isolated and low-income communities involving different process integration approaches. As a case study, the community with the lowest index of poverty and marginalization from the State of Guerrero in Mexico is presented. The problem consists in determining the optimal and sustainable configuration to satisfy the energy, water, and...

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Climate Change

Video // Green Pumps for Jordan’s Water to combat Climate Change

This video explains how highly energy efficient water pumps can contribute to improve water, energy, and food security in the water scarce country Jordan. At the same time, CO2-emmissions are lowered, which marks a significant contribution in meeting Jordan´s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement.

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