Solar & Wind Energy Can Help Improve Water Resource Use

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The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) researchers explored optimal pathways for managing groundwater and hydropower trade-offs for different water availability conditions as solar and wind energy by using California as a case study.

According to the work published in Nature Communications, Solar and wind energy enhances drought resilience and groundwater sustainability, benefits of solar and wind energy within the water-food-energy nexus are still poorly understood, but the research found an optimization of trade-offs between energy and food production, as well as for improvements in resilience to drought and sustainability of water resources.

“Solar and wind energy in California will enhance drought resilience and benefit groundwater sustainability and therefore will create added value to both energy and food production,” said study lead author Xiaogang He, an alumnus of the 2017 IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford’s Water in the West program, and an incoming assistant professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore.

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