Special Issue "Modelling and Management of the Energy Impact of Urban Water"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water–Food–Energy Nexus".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Steven Kenway
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, Advanced Water Management Centre, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
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Interests: water–energy nexus; urban metabolism; urban water
Dr. Ka Leung Lam
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Guest Editor
Department of Water Management, Delft University of Technology, 2628 CN Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: water–energy nexus; life cycle assessment; environmental input–output analysis; environmental systems analysis; urban water; energy and GHG management
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Dr. Jennifer Stokes-Draut
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA
Interests: urban water systems; life cycle assessment; water-energy nexus; environmental systems analysis; innovation in the water sector; energy and GHG management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Water has a profound influence on energy consumption in cities, accounting for some 10% of primary energy use when the effect of supply, use and disposal are considered. Minimising water-related energy is a multi-dimensional and generational challenge. It will necessitate the innovative planning, design and management of systems, cities, and buildings. It will require new innovation in engineering and technology as well as social, architectural, and economic contributions. Examples include developing low-energy water systems, optimising process selection and scale based on end use, and using water to mitigate urban heat. This Special Issue aims to bring together recent research on the energy influence of water including water provision, use and disposal. It particularly encourages quantification of the energy (and greenhouse gas)-intensity of urban water, frameworks for understanding water-related energy, and understanding water efficiency in terms of the broader functions water delivers.

Prof. Dr. Steven Kenway
Dr. Ka Leung Lam
Dr. Jennifer Stokes-Draut
Guest Editors

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  • Water-related energy
  • Water–energy nexus
  • Urban water
  • Energy use
  • Energy intensity
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy management
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Cost–benefit analysis
  • Urban water–energy systems analysis

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An Analysis of Electricity Consumption Patterns in the Water and Wastewater Sectors in South East England, UK
Water 2020, 12(1), 225; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12010225 - 14 Jan 2020
The water and wastewater sectors of England and Wales (E&W) are energy-intensive. Although E&W’s water sector is of international interest, in particular due to the early experience with privatisation, for the time being, few published data on energy usage exist. We analysed telemetry [...] Read more.
The water and wastewater sectors of England and Wales (E&W) are energy-intensive. Although E&W’s water sector is of international interest, in particular due to the early experience with privatisation, for the time being, few published data on energy usage exist. We analysed telemetry energy-use data from Thames Water Utilities Ltd. (TWUL), the largest water and wastewater company in the UK, which serves one of the largest mega-cities in the world, London. In our analysis, we: (1) break down energy use into their components; (2) present a statistical approach to handling seasonal and random cycles in data; and (3) derive energy-intensity (kWh m - 3 ) metrics and compare them with other regions in the world. We show that electricity use in the sector grew by around 10.8 ± 0.4% year - 1 as the utility coped with growing demands and stormwater flooding. The energy-intensity of water services in each of the utility’s service zone was measured in the range 0.46–0.92 kWh m - 3 . Plans to improve the efficiency of the system could yield benefits in lower energy-intensity, but the overall energy saving would be temporary as external pressures from population and climate change are driving up water and energy use. Full article
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