A Sleeping Giant: The Nexus of Water and Energy

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The Georgia Tech Clean Energy Speaker series features John Crittenden, director of the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, and Kevin Haas, associate professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, to address this topic

About the topic:
Water and energy are critical, mutually dependent resources—the production of energy requires large volumes of water and water infrastructure requires large amounts of energy.

Water is required to generate energy. Thermoelectric cooling, hydropower, energy mineral extraction and mining, fuel production (including fossil fuels, biofuels, and other non-conventional fuels), and emission controls all rely on large amounts of water. In the United States, the thermoelectric generating industry is the largest withdrawal user of water. 

Water supply also requires energy use. A large amount of energy is needed to extract, convey, treat, and deliver potable water. In addition, energy is required to collect, treat, and dispose of wastewater. 

On January 28, plan to participate in a discussion on this often overlooked but vital topic. Participants can attend for free in person at the Centergy Building on Georgia Tech's campus or via webinar. For more information and to register for this program, visit www.secleanenergy.gatech.edu


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  • Created By: Michael Hagearty
  • Created: 01/16/2015
  • Modified By: Fletcher Moore
  • Modified: 04/13/2017

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