Water consumption from hydroelectricity
This special issue belongs to
|International Journal of Renewable Energy and its Commercialization|
Deadline for Manuscript Submission
|March 31st, 2023|
Deadline for Publication
|April 15, 2023|
Special Issue Description
Effective management of these resources depends on having a clear understanding of how the energy and water systems interact.
Even as droughts and climate change have made concerns regarding reservoir evaporation reactivity more pertinent, improved data availability has made more thorough modeling of hydropower and its water usage possible.
This research contributes in three key ways:
It provides national and regional estimates of gross evaporation and net evaporation (defined as evaporation less evapotranspiration from local land cover) for U.S.
hydroelectricity, making the case that net evaporation is more consistent with other measurements of energy-related water intensity.
The approach for estimating system-wide evaporation based on primary purpose allocation is presented and validated, resulting in a two-orders-of-magnitude reduction in the amount of data needed.
The whole Penman-Monteith model with numerous integrated sensitivity studies is made available for public use.
This model estimates that the U.S. hydropower system uses 1.7 m3 of net freshwater for every GJ of electricity produced.
*Hydroelectricity *Water *Energy systems *Hydropower *Evapotranspiration *Sensitivity analysis *Magnitude *Water intensity *Evaporation
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