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Energy Water Nexus 2016

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Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Jan 15, 2016 08:00 EST - May 23, 2016 08:00 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

May 23, 2016 08:00 EDT - Jun 7, 2016 12:00 EDT
Proposal revisions
Semi-finalists can improve their proposals

Jun 7, 2016 12:00 EDT - Jun 16, 2016 12:00 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Jun 16, 2016 12:00 EDT - Jul 5, 2016 12:00 EDT
Voting period
Public Voting Period

Jul 5, 2016 12:00 EDT - Aug 1, 2016 12:00 EDT
Winners are awarded

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 EDT
What actions can address interdependent water-energy challenges, and drive us toward a secure water and energy future?

Water and energy are vital to sustain human life. The provision of secure, safe, and sustainable water and energy supplies are universal goals in every society. The “water-energy nexus” is the fundamental insight that energy is “water thirsty”, and that the provision of water is energy-intensive. At its simplest, this can be broken down into “water for energy” - water used for cooling power plants, processing fuels, etc.- and “energy for water” - energy used to move, treat, and heat water. Thus, access to clean water and sanitation can be limited by insufficient electricity, and protection of water against contamination can save energy while rising temperatures and droughts can disrupt electricity production. In the face of climate change, energy and water systems will continue to evolve, driven by mitigation measures affecting energy portfolios and technologies, and adaptation measures addressing floods, drought and heatwaves. The energy-water nexus implies that challenges and opportunities in each create tradeoffs and synergies in the other; innovative strategies for conserving or recycling water will alter energy use, and vice versa. This contest seeks high-impact proposals providing a feasible action that can be taken at any scale —local, national, regional, and international — that can drive us towards a sustainable and secure water and energy future. All proposals are welcome: technologies, policies, products, community projects, educational programs.

21 Proposals
Jun 23, 2017
Jun 15, 2016
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We have 100% of technology needed off the shelf to make all buildings Net Zero Carbon! Ends all water use for generation and chillers!
Jun 15, 2016
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Jun 15, 2016
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Community Water and Energy Centers will produce reliable, renewable and resilient energy while also restoring our natural environment.
Jun 15, 2016
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In every 1 million Btu's of combusted natural gas are 5 gallons of recoverable ~ distilled water.
Jun 13, 2016
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Jun 11, 2016
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Jun 10, 2016
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The firts step towards mitigation of climate change effects is the awerenes of environimentally friendly sources of energy, renewable energy
May 23, 2016
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Anticonvection heatpipes could improve solar stills and other other energy and aquatic applications: passive HVAC, pond aeration, etc.
May 22, 2016
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A RO filter could be submerged in deep seawater where the ambient pressure would purify water. Wave action pumps bring water to the shore.
May 20, 2016
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Hyperloops for Humanity, the Environment, and Profits: A Mediterranean Marine Hyperloop/Refugee/Environmental Collaborative Proposal
May 17, 2016
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Collect all your Energy and Water Need from your Roof
May 15, 2016
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Using the power of the sun to bring water to those who depend upon electrical grid or fossil fuel power to lift water from deep wells.
May 13, 2016
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The Integrated Water-Energy-Nutrient Nexus (iWENN) Management Protocol Applies a System of Systems View to Marine Centric Resources.
May 13, 2016
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Water from Air : To condense the air to make water. Peru has created a billboard that can make water.
Apr 14, 2016
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Supply all global water needs via pipelines, from our oceans after filtering the salt and contaminants with graphene water filters.
Apr 12, 2016
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Apr 10, 2016
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Water scarcity? Treated wastewater is a great source of water. Worried about sewage sludge? Look upon WWTPs as power plants!
Mar 27, 2016
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The cost of desalination is all about energy use. So, we run desalination plants when there's excess solar energy around, no storage needed!
Mar 26, 2016
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Simple solar kettle using black marbles
Mar 22, 2016
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Clean water. Renewable energy to power desalination plant and for peak grid exponentially reduced.