On March 18, 2014, senior government and industry officials convened for an annual assessment of their joint work under the U.S.-China Ten-Year Framework (TYF) for Cooperation on Energy and Environment. The TYF’s supports a number of environmental initiatives such as the U.S.-China EcoPartnership Program, including New York Institute of Technology and Peking University’s (PKU) “EcoPartnership on Groundwater Monitoring, Protection, and Training.
The meeting at the US Department of State in Washington, D.C., included a discussion on the emerging theme of the water-energy nexus and climate change in cities. Dean Nada Anid, Ph.D., of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences was invited to give introductory remarks before the panel session on the Water-Energy Nexus, which featured the Honorable Li Haiyan, Counsel of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People’s Republic of China, and Dr. Vincent Tidwell of Sandia National Laboratories. The panel discussion was framed around several critical questions, including how cities can optimize their energy matrix infrastructure to meet projected future energy and water requirements; how existing power grids influence the cost of using both energy and water; and how urban areas may improve access to clean water and efficient energy for all residents; also touching on the opportunities for synergistic links between water and energy systems, such as using waste heat for water treatment.
Dean Anid’s introductory remarks called for a new paradigm that must drive infrastructure projects in order to promote water and energy efficiency, sustainability, and smart growth. She spoke about the significance of the water and energy nexus by presenting the work of the EcoPartnership on Groundwater Monitoring, Protection and Training led by NYIT and PKU in partnership with Wuhan University, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the International Society for Water Solutions (ISWS), and HDR, a global engineering and architecture firm. Dr. Anid also announced the upcoming conference in Beijing, China on April 17, that NYIT and PKU are hosting “The Water-Energy Nexus: Sustainability and Global Challenges, and noted that all 6 EcoPartners will be participating. The conference is being organized in conjunction with the workshop, “Clean Water Matters: Challenges and Research Perspectives,” on April 18, co-funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, and seeks to create a common platform for research collaborations and joint projects. Both events will convene representatives from government agencies, industry, NGO’s, and academia who are working toward advancing the research agenda to find solutions to the impending global water and energy crises. Click here to register to attend.
The EcoPartnership seeks to promote Clean Water, through innovative models and technologies for the effective detection, protection, and monitoring of groundwater in China and the United States. These range from an integrated, web-based tool being developed by NYIT at its Green Technologies Laboratory (as part of the Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center); to a remote telemetry framework to collect and analyze groundwater data from wells that will be introduced by Wuhan University and HDR/HydroQual; as well as a groundwater transport simulation system developed at PKU’s Center for Water Research, and related training by AIChE. Participants in the TYF conference from both China and the United States responded positively to Dean Anid’s presentation, and showed a high level of interest in learning more about these technologies and future progress on achieving the goals of the EcoPartnership.
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