The National Alliance for Water Innovation is proud to announce the release of a Special Issue from ACS ES&T Engineering. The Special Issue presents analysis of the challenges and opportunities posed by a future circular water economy as well as research needs toward decentralized treatment and fit-for-purpose reuse of non-traditional source waters. The issue features Technology Baselines and Innovation Priorities for Water Treatment and Supply Editorial, Reviews, Perspectives, Articles, and Mastheads. Importantly, the NAWI nontraditional water baseline studies were released in this issue of ACS ES&T Engineering.
What is a baseline, you ask? A baseline is an in-depth assessment of the current state of the art. Pei and her team surveyed several brackish groundwater desalination facilities, inventoried their installed technology, and quantified the cost, energy consumption, reliability, and other relevant pipe parity metrics for various treatment train components. The end result is a comprehensive assessment of today’s brackish water treatment technology that also offers insight into where NAWI’s low technological readiness levels research and development investments might substantially reduce the cost and energy of brackish water treatment and concentrate disposal.
In addition to Prof. Xu’s brackish water baseline, NAWI researchers have released baseline reports on industrial, municipal, agricultural, mining, and power. A special thanks to Profs. Jaehong Kim and Dionysios (“Dion”) Dionysiou for overseeing the baseline special issue review process in ACS ES&T Engineering.
We are always hoping to expand our baseline datasets in service of the development and representativeness of our cost and energy analysis tool, WaterTAP. If you are a water treatment facility operator interested in contributing cost and energy data from your facility, please be in touch with the Data, Modeling, and Analysis topic area leads, Jordan Macknick and Jennifer Stokes-Draut via the NAWI Community website.