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Special Issue "Sustainable Development Solutions Integrating Water, Energy and Land: From Urban to Global Scale"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "A: Sustainable Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2022 | Viewed by 1742

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Keywan Riahi
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Guest Editor
1. International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria;
2. Institute of Thermal Engineering, Graz University of Technology, Infeldgasse 25b, 8010 Graz, Austria
Interests: climate change; energy economics; integrated assessment; technological change; sustainable development
Dr. Julian David Hunt
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Guest Editor
International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Interests: analysis of energy systems; water–energy–land interfaces; climate change risks and energy security
Dr. Adriano Vinca
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Guest Editor
International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Interests: water-energy-food nexus; sustainability; climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The world is undergoing substantial change in terms of the aim of implementing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to face current and future demographic and climate global challenges. The appropriate management of water, energy, and land resources gives a robust foundation for the development of a broad number of SDGs.

The use of land has an impact on water use, with chain effects on regional climate, and electricity generation from renewable energy sources. Energy is required to better manage water resources and improve utilization of the land. Water can generate and store energy, and if well managed, it can require small land areas and evaporation. These and other cross-sectoral interactions are to be explored to improve policy assessment, with relevance that depends on the spatial and temporal scale of each specific analysis.

This Special Issue has the objective to review the most relevant challenges, methodologies, and solutions for water–energy–land-nexus-related issues.

We look forward to collaborating with authors to continue improving management of these resources.

Sincerely,

Prof. Dr. Keywan Riahi
Dr. Julian David Hunt
Dr. Adriano Vinca
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Water, energy, and land nexus
  • Water management
  • Drought alleviation
  • Flood control
  • Renewable energies
  • Hydropower
  • Energy storage
  • Irrigated agriculture
  • Land use
  • Climate change
  • Regional climate impacts
  • Environmental impacts
  • Social impacts
  • Sustainable development
  • New technologies

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Sedimentary Basin Water and Energy Storage: A Low Environmental Impact Option for the Bananal Basin
Energies 2022, 15(12), 4498; https://doi.org/10.3390/en15124498 - 20 Jun 2022
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Groundwater storage is an important water management solution that is overlooked by several countries worldwide. This paper evaluates the potential for storing water in the Bananal sedimentary basin and proposes the construction of canals to reduce sediment obstructions in the river flow and [...] Read more.
Groundwater storage is an important water management solution that is overlooked by several countries worldwide. This paper evaluates the potential for storing water in the Bananal sedimentary basin and proposes the construction of canals to reduce sediment obstructions in the river flow and harmful flood events. This would allow for better control of the water level. The water stored in the sedimentary basin can be used as a climate change adaptation measure to ensure that the level of the flood plain is maintained high during a drought or low during an intense flood event. Additionally, the flood plain will function as a water reservoir, regulate the river flow downstream from the flood plain, and enhance hydropower generation. A significantly smaller reservoir area is expected to store water, as the water will be stored as groundwater in the sedimentary basin. Results show that the Bananal basin has the potential to store up to 49 km3 of water, which can add up to 11.7 TWh of energy storage to the Brazilian energy matrix for a CAPEX energy storage cost of 0.095 USD/kWh. This is an interesting solution for the Araguaia basin and several other basins worldwide. Full article
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A Study of Dispersed, Thermally Activated Limestone from Ukraine for the Safe Liming of Water Using ANN Models
Energies 2021, 14(24), 8377; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14248377 - 12 Dec 2021
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Liming surface water is a fairly popular method of increasing the pH values and decreasing the concentration of phosphates and heavy metals. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendations, the increase of water pH should not exceed 1.5. If surface water is [...] Read more.
Liming surface water is a fairly popular method of increasing the pH values and decreasing the concentration of phosphates and heavy metals. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendations, the increase of water pH should not exceed 1.5. If surface water is the source of water supply, liming is a process that reduces water contamination. This should prevent the creation of an additional load for the water treatment plants in urban settlements. This article is an interdisciplinary research study aiming to (1) determine and compare the doses of new dispersed, thermally activated limestone and natural limestone, (2) find the relation between dose value and initial water parameters (pH, Eh and total mineralization), and (3) create an artificial neural network (ANN) model to predict changes in water pH values according to EPA recommendations. Recommended doses were obtained from experimental studies, and those of dispersed, thermally activated limestone were lower than the doses of natural limestone. Neural networks were used to predict the changes in water pH values when adding different doses of limestone with different initial water parameters using the ANN model. Four ANN models with different activation functions and loss function optimizers were tested. The best results were obtained for the network with the ReLU activation function for hidden layers of neurons and Adam’s loss function optimizer (MAPE = 14.1%; R2 = 0.847). Further comparison of the results of the loss function and the results of calculating the quality metric for the training and validation dataset has shown that the created ANN can be used to solve the set research issue. Full article
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