BufferThe most common question I field when I mention desalination is, “Doesn’t that take a lot of energy?” The truth is, yes, it does. That’s why you’ll not hear me advocate for desalination without strongly insisting on complementary conservation. We must redouble our conservation efforts by upgrading infrastructure intelligently and in no way excuse wasteful [...]
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BufferEverywhere you look people are trying to do more with less. Reduce costs, increase efficiency, reduce energy use, recover resources. There are strong economic drivers to do all of these things, which also happen to be sustainable. On July 22nd, 2010 I moderated the first in the BlueTech Tracker(TM) Webinar series: Mineral & Resource Recovery [...]
BlueTech methods mitigate the causes of climate change by making efficient use of water, thereby making efficient use of energy, reducing fossil fuel extraction (thereby reducing water usage still further) and reducing the release of pollutants like CO2 and mercury into the atmosphere and water supply.
In my previous post I introduced the PLUS framework for water-technology scalability, and expanded upon the first two attributes: Software and Usability. Let’s explore the other two: Leverage and Partners.
BufferThe first in a two part series, Guy Horowitz shares experience gained from TaKaDu’s recent successes scaling their water technology in partnership with Schneider. The second part will follow later this week. For many years, water technology was a venture capitalist’s nightmare. What could be less enticing than capital-intensive, integration-heavy project-driven companies with long sales-cycles [...]
BufferEditor’s note: The energy exploration industry is the first to demand advanced water technology for economic reasons: water efficiency during hydraulic fracturing means cost savings. Advances in on-site water treatment for energy exploration will drive down costs for the technology to a point where it can be implemented in break-even or non-profitable situations, like personal housing [...]
Worldwide desalting capacity is projected to increase by 50 million cubic meters per day over the next six years, according to a recent study by Pike Research.
Meanwhile, annual spending on desalination will double by 2016, from $8.3b to $16.6 billion. Spending will total $87.8 billion during that time period.
Seven weeks after the explosion on the Deepwater oil platform, oil slicks have inundated the shores of mainland United States. Traditional oil recovery methods have proved inept.
With their vast coastlines and open spaces, Western Australia can mitigate the effects of drought by looking to the seas for partnerships between advanced, efficient water technology and sustainable energy like wind and solar.
We must either efficiently repair our infrastructure using smart water management technologies to identify weaknesses, or increasingly decentralize the water complex.
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