Water Technology Innovation

Role of water technology innovation in reimagining global water systems in a world of increasing water scarcity, and connecting perspectives of scientist and engineers with those of policy makers

Role of water technology innovation in reimagining global water systems in a world of increasing water scarcity, and connecting perspectives of scientist and engineers with those of policy makers

As we reimagine global clean energy systems through the energy transition, a similar effort will be needed to ensure clean water access.  Just as innovation drives the energy transition, innovation will be a key factor across different industries to reduce water consumption, reuse water that is currently discharged back to the environment, and acquire water from sources that are presently unattainable.

This innovation centers around advances in technology, which are at the forefront of research in hydrologic science and environmental engineering. While current water policy focuses primarily on water rights and economic markets, policy is also a key factor enabling and prioritizing research aimed at promoting the adoption of these technologies on a national and global scale. Colorado School of Mines and the Payne Institute are collaborating with industry, academia, and government on research to identify solutions to these issues, and enact policy to aid this transition.

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POST COVID-19 NEW WORLD CONFIGURATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIONS: TWO URGENT PRIORITIES April 10, 2020

POST COVID-19 NEW WORLD CONFIGURATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIONS: TWO URGENT PRIORITIES

In few weeks or months, the world will have to reconvene to forge a new chapter in humanity, I would call it the Post COVID-19 New World Configuration. It will be an historic moment: the ultimate test of global survival, globalization, and cooperation. Yet the building blocks toward this new World are proceeding so slowly that humanity is in grave danger. If we miss the opportunity to protect ourselves and our planet, there will be no second chance; no way to go back and undo the catastrophic health, economic and social damage of COVID-19.  April 10, 2020.

PAYNE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY – ENERGY RESEARCHER POSITION AVAILABLE March 25, 2020

PAYNE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY – ENERGY RESEARCHER POSITION AVAILABLE

Energy Researcher sought for full-time position at the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines.  The research will focus on multi-dimensional aspects of energy and development. Analyzing the energy industry’s dual challenge of reducing environmental impacts while also satisfying increasing demand from emerging economies, and how this affects markets, trade, security, geopolitics, and technology development. The successful applicant will also provide mentorship to graduate and undergraduate students on the project; maintaining an accepting work environment; and assisting with research group communications.  March 25, 2020.

How To Make The Economic Stimulus Great March 24, 2020

HOW TO MAKE THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS GREAT

The current COVID-19 pandemic has both public health and economic dimensions and the two are deeply interconnected. Some consensus on various key policy stages are emerging from initial lock-downs, from ensuring massive testing and mobilization of manufacturing for items like ventilators and personal protection equipment, to emergency stabilization, and economic stimulus. March 24, 2020.

Payne Institute Podcast – Our 10 Initiatives

MINES ENERGY FUTURE PODCAST – PAYNE INSTITUTE 10 INITIATIVES

The Payne Institute brings world-class insights helping to inform and shape public policy on earth resources, energy, and the environment.  We do this through our 10 Initiatives which are explained in this podcast.  January 2020.

RESERVOIR DESIGN AND OPERATION FOR THE FOOD-ENERGY-WATER NEXUS July 17, 2019

RESERVOIR DESIGN AND OPERATION FOR THE FOOD-ENERGY-WATER NEXUS

As populations grow concurrently with changing climates, expanding economies and urbanization, competition for food, energy, and water resources increases. The intersection of these areas, sometimes referred to as the food-energy-water nexus, poses significant challenges. July 17, 2019.

INSTREAM FLOW RIGHTS WITHIN THE PRIOR APPROPRIATION DOCTRINE: INSIGHTS FROM COLORADO May 17, 2019

INSTREAM FLOW RIGHTS WITHIN THE PRIOR APPROPRIATION DOCTRINE: INSIGHTS FROM COLORADO

This article rigorously analyzes the case of Colorado, one of the most active programs in the US within the most regimented water right systems. Despite relatively few acquisitions, the junior ISF appropriations have protected numerous miles of streams by 1) deflecting future diversionary rights, 2) requiring protection of any upstream transfers, and 3) reducing upstream withdrawals from existing diversion rights despite ISF’s junior status. May 17, 2019.

BALANCING CLEAN WATER-CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION TRADE-OFFS January 11, 2019

BALANCING CLEAN WATER-CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION TRADE-OFFS

Payne Fellow Keywan Riahi writes about the energy systems that support technical solutions fulfilling the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal for clean water and sanitation (SDG6), with implications for future energy demands and greenhouse gas emissions. The energy sector is also a large consumer of water, making water efficiency targets ingrained in SDG6 important constraints for long-term energy planning.  January 11, 2019.

A GEOSPACIAL ASSESSMENT OF SMALL-SCALE HYDROPOWER POTENTIAL IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA November 9, 2018

A GEOSPACIAL ASSESSMENT OF SMALL-SCALE HYDROPOWER POTENTIAL IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

This study focuses on the technical assessment of small-scale hydropower (0.01–10 MW) in Sub-Saharan Africa. The underlying methodology was based on open source geospatial datasets, whose combination allowed a consistent evaluation of 712,615 km of river network spanning over 44 countries.  November 9, 2018.

FROM DECENTRALIZED TO CENTRALIZED IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT 5.26.2018

FROM DECENTRALIZED TO CENTRALIZED IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT

This paper draws upon the unique history of New Mexico, leveraging a natural experiment to assess how the partial transition in the early 20th century from the original small decentralized communal Spanish irrigation systems (acequias) to centralized quasi-public irrigation districts altered agricultural development and production.  May 26, 2018.

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For more information about the Water Technology Innovation Initiative at the Payne Institute for Public Policy, please contact our Strategy and Operations Manager, Gregory Clough, at gclough@mines.edu.