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E team. In the process, the project will educate students to work within and manage projects executed by international teams, develop the awareness of global issues and sustainability and increase the number and diversity of students entering careers in science and engineering.

Low energy options for making water from wastewater - University of California, Irvine

Climate change and global population growth demand creative, low-energy, multi-disciplinary and multi-benefit approaches to sustaining water resources. This PIRE seeks to answer that call. It will catalyze, through research and education, the development and deployment of low-energy options for improving water productivity while protecting human and ecosystem health. The project links five different universities in two water-stressed regions of the world (southwest U.S. and southeast Australia) with unique and complementary expertise in the development and deployment of rainwater tanks, bio-filters and waste stabilization ponds for potable substitution and watershed protection. Specifically the research will:

  • Improve the removal of pathogens and micro-pollutants in storm water runoff by harnessing solar energy and incorporating into bio-filter design the plant and animal communities native to local seasonal wetlands;
  • Investigate the risks and benefits of distributed adoption of these technologies on public health, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Identify social, economic, and policy barriers to their adoption, quantify their un-priced benefits and propose economic instruments, regulations, and public education measures to foster their adoption and
  • Quantify the impact of distributed adoption of these technologies on urban stream hydrology, water quality and ecology.
  • Nuclear energy systems and materials under extreme conditions - Purdue University

This PIRE project brings together key partners and research f
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lisajoy@nsf.gov
703-292-8311
National Science Foundation
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