Energy-Water Nexus and Energy Systems Integration
As we optimize our energy system at all scales, NREL is embarking on a new area of research geared at finding ways to balance our water use for power systems.
NREL's research explores the relationship between how much water is evaporated to generate and transmit energy, and how much energy it takes to collect, clean, move, store, and dispose of water—or the "energy-water nexus."
Water is a key part of NREL's approach to energy systems integration, as we consider the relationships among electricity, thermal, water, and fuel systems and data and information networks to ensure optimal integration and interoperability across the entire energy system spectrum.
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