SEMINAR: Exploring Energy-Efficiency Innovations in Water Production, Distribution and Consumption in California
The recent drought in California clarified for citizens and policy-makers the inextricable linkages between water consumption and energy use. Not only were the Governor’s 2015 mandatory water conservation measures effective in curbing domestic water use and raising the public’s awareness of the fragile nature of our state’s water supply, but the water conservation effort also represented the largest single energy conservation measure in the state’s history(1). Unfortunately, most of the water infrastructure in California is horribly under-optimized for energy efficiency. Worse, the lack of process optimization and infrastructural efficiency of our state’s water infrastructure has reduced its resiliency to both sudden and acute perturbation (e.g. seismic events, power interruptions) as well as long-term and chronic changes (e.g. climate change).
In my presentation, I will highlight some early opportunities where LBNL’s unique capabilities might be deployed to improve the energy efficiency of California’s water systems, as well as “harden” the infrastructure against the inevitable long-term trends toward a hotter, dryer state.
Dr. Peter S. Fiske
Director, Water-Energy Resilience Institute, LBNL
Dr. Peter S. Fiske is the director the Water-Energy Resilience Institute, which is a lab-wide initiative focused on addressing water and energy challenges. Prior to joining the Lab, he was the CEO of PAX Water Technologies, Inc.
Fiske received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in Geological and Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Materials Science and Engineering. He is the author of numerous technical articles, including in the journals Science and Nature. Fiske is also a frequent writer and lecturer on the subjects of career strategy, entrepreneurship, and leadership for scientists and engineers