NSF Energy-Water Nexus Workshop

June 10-11, 2013

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The objective of the Workshop on the Energy Water Nexus is to explore the most critical challenges, needs and opportunities associated with the relationship of energy and water. In particular, the workshop will examine cross-sector dependencies that introduce vulnerabilities to critical infrastructure and critical resources research that can support cross-cutting solutions that improve the relationship for both sectors simultaneously. The workshop will be organized by Mike Hightower (Sandia National Laboratories), Dr. Danny Reible (UT Austin), and Dr. Michael E. Webber (UT Austin).


On June 10-11, 2013 this workshop was held at National Science Foundation (NSF) headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The workshop included four major topics, with parallel breakouts and two opening talks. The presentations and full agenda can be found at:


Day 1

Keynote: Federal contributions to problem-solving at the energy-water nexus. Holmes Hummel.

Overview of the Energy-Water Nexus. Michael Webber.

Session I: Water for the Power Sector

Water Use and Consumption in Electric Power Generation Approaches. Mike Hightower.

Water and the Electric Power Sector. Bob Goldstein.

Session II: Water for Fuels Production

Water for Biofuels: Implications for Energy, Food, and Environment. Ximing Cai.

Energy and Water: Roland Moreau.

Day 2

Session III: Energy for Water

Water and Energy: The Case for Distributed Water Treatment and Desalination Systems. Yoram Cohen.

Developing Sustainable Energy Solutions in the Water Industry. Ralph Eberts.

Session IV: Reporting Back and Social, Behavioral, Policy, and Communication Issues

Outreach and Engagement: The Importance of Communication in Maximizing Water-Energy Research Investments. Lorraine White.

Professional Society Support of Energy Water Nexus: Discussion of Models for Leverage and Cooperation. Darlene Schuster.

This information will also be placed on the Actions and Activities page of the Sustainable Water Resources Site at http://sites.google.com/site/sustainablewaterresources/