Special Issue "Feature Papers of Water-Energy Nexus"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2022 | Viewed by 828

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Prof. Dr. Gordon Huang
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Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Regina, Regina, SK, Canada
Interests: planning of energy and environmental systems; synchrotron-based environmental chemistry and biochemistry; climate modeling and downscaling; simulation of hydrological and environmental systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Water shortage has become increasingly severe under the influence of climate change and the stress of socioeconomic development. On the one hand, water scarcity can impact energy production and reliability, especially for water-intensive technologies such as biofuels, concentrating solar power, and nuclear power. On the other side, diminished freshwater resources can also lead to a greater reliance on energy-intensive sources of water supply such as desalination. While the interdependent relationship between water and energy can bring complexities to water- and energy-related issues, it can also be considered the key to the problem if properly exploited. This Special Issue presents the recent research findings and technological developments related to the water–energy nexus. We welcome research articles and critical reviews on:

  • All aspects of the relationship between the water used for energy production and electricity generation and the energy required to extract, clean, deliver, store, and dispose of water;
  • Water and energy security;
  • Interactions between water and energy systems;
  • Connections between water and energy infrastructures;
  • Hydropower;
  • Integrated water–carbon footprint studies;
  • Climate change impact on water and energy systems;
  • Integrated water and energy system modeling;
  • Integrated assessment of policies addressing water–energy issues;
  • Risk assessment and projection for water and energy systems;
  • Water and energy system management;
  • Optimization of water efficiency in energy production;
  • Optimization of energy efficiency in water supply and management;
  • Co-optimization of water–energy nexus;
  • Water–energy nexus technologies.

Prof. Dr. Gordon Huang
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • water–energy
  • hydropower
  • water security
  • energy security
  • integrated assessment
  • climate change
  • infrastructure
  • optimization
  • technologies
  • risk assessment and management

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Experimental Design of Nature-Based-Solution Considering the Interactions between Submerged Vegetation and Pile Group on the Structure of the River Flow on Sand Beds
Water 2022, 14(15), 2382; https://doi.org/10.3390/w14152382 - 01 Aug 2022
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Designing correct engineering infrastructures to reduce land degradation processes and considering natural elements to achieve this goal are key to correctly managing potential natural hazards affecting human activities and natural ecosystems. This research investigated the scour depth and velocity vectors around bridge piles [...] Read more.
Designing correct engineering infrastructures to reduce land degradation processes and considering natural elements to achieve this goal are key to correctly managing potential natural hazards affecting human activities and natural ecosystems. This research investigated the scour depth and velocity vectors around bridge piles with and without upstream vegetation protection. A Doppler velocity meter was used to measure velocity components in a channel 90 cm wide, 16 m long, and 60 cm high. Variable parameters were the number of bridge piles, the height, density, and width of vegetation upstream, as well as the distance between bridge piles. Using a triple pile group with a distance between piles of 10 cm and overall vegetation across the channel, the depth of the scour hole upstream of the first pile decreased by 40% compared to the single pile with no vegetation. This result shows the significant impact of using vegetation and pile groups to reduce scour around piles. Lower vertical velocity gradients, more consistent velocity vectors, reducing the downstream flow range, and restraining horseshoe vortexes and wake vortices were observed in utilizing vegetation. We confirmed that vegetation is an essential factor in changing the flow, transportation of sediment, and conserving ecological services in rivers. Full article
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