Nexus Systems Modeling and Analysis
NREL performs cutting-edge analysis and develops unique multisector and multiscale model frameworks to address critical planning and operational decisions stemming from climate impacts at the energy-water-land nexus for resilient integrated systems.
NREL offers the following integrated water systems and energy-water-land nexus modeling and analysis capabilities.
Urban environments can have separate technical needs and constraints compared to rural and suburban environments. Urbanization processes generate vulnerability and exposure which, combined with climate change hazards, increases the risk to urban infrastructure and human wellbeing. Urban water management has traditionally involved the “vertical” and “horizontal” provisioning and management of potable and non-potable water supply, sewage, and stormwater drainage services to customers through a network of infrastructure to provide long-term planning, construction, and maintenance to meet service needs.
To address a changing climate, population changes, and the need for increased resiliency, NREL pursues research to characterize, analyze opportunities, and provide tools and solutions to integrate water, land, and energy within urban infrastructure. This includes, source water protection, treatment, and transport; stormwater management; wastewater collection, treatment, conveyance/transport, and disposal management with energy uses, production, grid integration; and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Infrastructure operations and management can be made more efficient with monitoring, internet-of-things networked (and non-networked) sensors and control systems, autonomous operation, and digital twins, etc.
- Behavioral economics
- Environmental change
- Integrated systems design
Developing an Equity-Focused Metric for Quantifying the Social Burden of Infrastructure Disruptions, NREL Technical Report (2023)
Linking Life Cycle and Integrated Assessment Modeling to Evaluate Technologies in an Evolving System Context: A Power-to-Hydrogen Case Study for the United States, Environmental Science & Technology (2023)
Technical, Economic, and Environmental Comparison of Closed-Loop Recycling Technologies for Common Plastics, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (2023)
Comparing Parallel Plastic-to-X Pathways and Their Role in a Circular Economy for PET Bottles, Advanced Sustainable Systems (2023)
Sustainable Manufacturing and the Circular Economy, DOE Technical Report (2023)
Land Use for Bioenergy: Synergies and Trade-Offs Between Sustainable Development Goals, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (2022)
Opportunities for Treatment and Reuse of Agricultural Drainage in the United States, ACS ES&T Engineering (2022)
Process Twins for Decision-Support and Dynamic Energy Cost Prediction in Water Reuse Processes, National Alliance for Water Innovation Research Brief (2022)
Climate and Water Risk to the Bulk Power System: Asset to Grid Impacts, AGU Fall Meeting (2022)
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Integrated Water Systems Lead Analyst
Energy-Water-Land Lead Analyst