US Department of Energy announces $ 6.5 million to modernize US water infrastructure
The US Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI), announced a $ 6.5 million call for proposals (RFP) to develop new technologies for the purification of water sources. non-traditional water. Advances in desalination technology will help propel the modernization of America’s water infrastructure, increase access to clean, potable water, and move the country towards net zero emissions by 2050 .
“Finding new sources of sustainable water is a major challenge in our efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change”, said Kelly Speakes-Backman, Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “Desalination technologies can help us build modern infrastructure that equitably delivers water to all sectors of our economy.”
Almost all of the water in the United States to which municipalities, households and utilities have access, as well as industrial, agricultural, and oil and gas extraction industries, comes from freshwater. But, due to changing precipitation caused by climate change, increasing water demand and aging infrastructure, freshwater supply is shrinking and end users are turning to non-traditional sources for strengthen the water supply.
The large amounts of saline solution and potential contaminants found in non-traditional water sources, such as seawater and brackish groundwater, agricultural, municipal and industrial wastewater, will likely require more energy to treat. water for unavoidable use.
This RFP will support projects focused on advanced desalination technologies to minimize the cost and energy burden of these non-traditional water sources, expansion of the water supply in the United States, improvement of climate resilience and the reduction of carbon emissions in all of America’s energy and water infrastructure. Projects funded under this solicitation will specifically address the challenges of autonomous and precision water separation for non-traditional water sources.
Concept papers must be submitted no later than June 15, 2021. View the Request for Proposals HERE
NAWI is a public-private partnership that brings together a world-class team of industrial and academic partners to examine critical technical barriers and the research needed to dramatically reduce the cost and energy of desalination. NAWI is led by DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in conjunction with the National Energy Technology Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and is funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.
Article courtesy of the US Department of Energy.