Implementation of brackish groundwater desalination using wind-generated electricity as a proxy for energy storage: A case study of the energy-water nexus in Texas

Mary E. Clayton, Ashlynn Suzanne Stillwell, Michael E. Webber

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Abstract

With a push toward renewable electricity generation,wind power has grown substantially in recent U.S. history and technologies continue to improve. However, the intermittency associated with wind-generated electricity without storage has limited the amounts sold on the grid. Furthermore, continental wind farms have a diurnal and seasonal variability that is mismatched with demand. To increase the broader use of wind power technologies, the development of systems that can operate intermittentlyduring off-peak hours must be considered. Utilization of wind-generated electricity for desalination of brackish groundwater presents opportunities to increase use of a low-carbon energy source and supply alternative drinking water that is much needed in some areas

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2011
Pages445-456
Number of pages12
Volume1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2011 - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Nov 11 2011Nov 17 2011

Other

OtherASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2011
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, CO
Period11/11/1111/17/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Clayton, M. E., Stillwell, A. S., & Webber, M. E. (2011). Implementation of brackish groundwater desalination using wind-generated electricity as a proxy for energy storage: A case study of the energy-water nexus in Texas. In ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2011 (Vol. 1, pp. 445-456)