NM WRRI’s 56th Annual Water Conference Proceedings

New Water New Energy: A Conference Linking Desalination and Renewable Energy

December 13-14, 2011, Alamogordo, NM
WRRI Report No. 360
2011 Conference Proceedings (as one file)



Conference Photos
Title Page
Table of Contents
Conference Planning Committee
Introduction and Conference Objectives
Plenary Session Speaker PowerPoint Slides

Two Top-ranked Project Descriptions

List of Project Summaries and Audience Suggestions

  1. BGNDRF external actions for improved integrated renewable energy/water purification and desalination research and testing
  2. BGNDRF internal actions for integrated renewable energy/water purification
    and desalination research and testing

Environmental Impacts

  1. Development of cost-effective enhanced evaporation techniques
  2. Conversion of concentrate stream to food, feed and biofuel
  3. Development of cost-effective repowered small brackish water /wastewater treatment systems for stand-alone rural communities
  4. Pilot project at schools to demonstrate renewable energy, water, wastewater systems
  5. Combining concentrate with wastewater to produce algae biofuels
  6. Guidance document for selection and operation and management of small sustainable water/ wastewater systems


  1. A survey of existing geothermal power plants and direct use facilities to determine near-term feasibility to cascade geothermal and heat energy water for desalination
  2. Recovery of minerals from geothermal brines
  3. Development of a users’ guide for assessing feasibility of geothermal technologies for small-scale, brackish desalination systems


  1. Technical and economic comparison of reverse osmosis and electrodialysis brackish water desalination units powered by hybrid wind/photovoltaic systems

Institutional Considerations

  1. Guidance manual on financial implementation of renewable energy-desalination projects – options and implementation
  2. Characterization of the brackish groundwater source in the United States
  3. Brackish groundwater treatment technologies
  4. Identify and characterize stakeholders and their role in renewable energy (RE) – desalination implementation


  1. Design of a high yield integrated concentrated photo voltaic and solar thermal system that produces power and supports advanced water treatment of brackish water to serve remote and rural communities water and energy needs

Water Resources

  1. Desalination technologies and trace contaminants
  2. Tapping on unutilized waste heat energy available in power generation facilities for co-generation of water


  1. Guidebook for implementation of renewable energy for desalination for small systems
  2. Which high-risk wind research projects are suitable for further exploration?
  3. Hybrid wind with vertical solar for desalination
  4. Capture of more atmospheric processes in wind energy assessment approaches
  5. Direct use of mechanical energy from wind power for desalination
  6. Grid independent green pc technology for energy optimization (patent-pending)

Presentation Abstracts
Poster Abstracts
Appendix A

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