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Water and Energy: Threats and Opportunities - Second Edition

By
Gustaf Olsson
Gustaf Olsson
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IWA Publishing
Volume
14
ISBN electronic:
9781780406947
Publication date:
May 2015

Rapid and important developments in the area of energy - water nexus over the last two to three years have been significant. This new edition of Water and Energy: Threats and Opportunities is timely and continues to highlight the inextricable link between water and energy, providing an up-to-date overview of the subject with helpful detailed summaries of the technical literature.

Water and Energy has been up-dated throughout and major changes are:

  • new chapters on global warming and fossil fuels, including shale gas and fracking.

  • the consequences of the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Mexican Gulf and the Niger Delta oil spills.

  • New developments in hydropower

  • continued competition between food, water and energy

Water and Energy Threats and Opportunities, 2e creates an awareness of the important couplings between water and energy. It shows how energy is used in all the various water cycle operations and demonstrates how water is used and misused in all kinds of energy production and generation.Population increase, climate change and an increasing competition between food and fuel production create enormous pressures on both water and energy availability. Since there is no replacement for water, water security looks more crucial than energy security. This is true not only in developing countries but also in the most advanced countries. For example, the western parts of the USA suffer from water scarcity that provides a real security threat.

Part One of the book describes the water-energy nexus, the conflicts and competitions and the couplings between water security, energy security, and food security.

Part Two captures how climate change, population increase and the growing food demand will have major impact on water availability in many countries in the world.

Part Three describes water for energy and how energy production and conversion depend on water availability. As a consequence, all planning has to take both water and energy into consideration. The environmental (including water) consequences of oil and coal exploration and refining are huge, in North America as well as in the rest of the world. Furthermore, oil leak accidents have hit America, Africa, Europe as well as Asia. The consequences of hydropower are discussed and the competition between hydropower generation, flood control and water storage is illustrated. The importance of water for cooling thermal power plants is described, as this was so tragically demonstrated at the Fukushima nuclear plants in 2011. Climate change will further emphasize the strong coupling between water availability and the operation of power plants.

Part Four analyses energy for water - how water production and treatment depend on energy. The book shows that a lot can be done to improve equipment, develop processes and apply advanced monitoring and control to save energy for water operations. Significant amounts of energy can be saved by better pumping, the reduction of leakages, controlled aeration in biological wastewater treatment, more efficient biogas production, and by improved desalination processes.

There are 3 PowerPoint presentations available for Water and Energy - threats and opportunities, 2e.

ISBN: 9781780406947 (eBook)

ISBN: 9781780406930 (Print)

Water and Energy: Threats and Opportunities - Second Edition
By: Gustaf Olsson
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2166/9781780406947
ISBN (electronic): 9781780406947
Publisher: IWA Publishing
Published: 2015

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