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News 080617.1 : Department of Energy, USA has awarded a fund of $7.5 million ($3.75 million each) to Columbia Power Technologies, Inc. and Vedant Power, Inc. to develop full-scale devices which can reduce the  capital costs, operational costs and in turn increase device availability of Wave Energy Converters.Read the full article on

https://energy.gov/eere/water/articles/projects-aim-cut-operations-costs-marine-and-hydrokinetic-energy

MAY 30, 2017

News 080617.2 : After an 18-month design-build-test competition, the Wave Energy Prize, which focuses on “catalyzing the development of game-changing wave energy converters that will ultimately reduce the cost of wave energy” was awarded to Aqua Harmonics.Read the full article on

https://energy.gov/articles/aquaharmonics-wins-energy-department-s-wave-energy-prize

NOVEMBER 16, 2016

News 080617.3 : Not all solutions work in all locations, many can be expensive and are hard to adjust or reconfigure, and the journey can still be a fairly arduous and complicated one, especially for salmon, which need to swim upstream to spawn, for providing a passage to the swarm of fish through a dam or power conversion device installed in the path of their foraging.

However, the technology developer Whooshh Innovations has worked with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and others on an inventive project to create “a new fish-friendly transport system.” The new technology utilizes flexible tubes and slight differences in pressure to initiate the  salmon and other fish population to move around obstacles such as the dams in the waterways.Read the full article on

https://energy.gov/eere/articles/project-led-small-business-keeps-fish-out-harm-s-way

OCTOBER 26, 2016

News 080617.4 : Chief Scientist Dr R. K. Kotnala and his research partner Dr Jyoti Shah of NPL have developed a new way of making electricity from water at “room temperature without using any power or chemicals”. The device is named “Hydroelectric Cell” which used “Nanoporous Magnesium Ferrite to split the water into Hydronium (H3O) and Hydroxide (OH) ions spontaneously, silver and zinc as electrodes to make a cell that produces electricity” with nothing except a few drops of water.Read the full article on

http://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/power/indian-scientists-generate-electricity-from-water-sans-using-energy/56030465

17 Dec 2016

News 080617.5 : Recently a document was highlighting the importance of the water-food-energy nexus for sustainable development. As per the lead author “Demand for all three is increasing, driven by a rising global population, rapid urbanization, changing diets and economic growth. Agriculture is the largest consumer of the world’s freshwater resources, and more than one-quarter of the energy used globally is expended on food production and supply”.

The article highlights the importance of forging a nexus and managing both the resources in a tangible manner will optimize the utilization of the resource . Read the full article:

http://www.unwater.org/water-facts/water-food-and-energy/

News 080617.6 : “Morocco is among the most water-stressed countries in the world, and climate change, combined with social, economic and political factors, is creating an ever-more  dire situation”. One of the exemplary solution to this problem is creating nexus by using “sustainable and affordable renewable energy” in seawater desalination which currently relies on massive amounts of fossil fuels, that could weaken the region’s climate mitigation efforts and, potentially compromise the energy security.

According to the SEI scientists “transitioning desalination to run on, the region could not only meet both its water and energy needs, it would also be taking steps to increase its climate resilience and mitigate further warming.”. Read the full article on

https://www.sei-international.org/water-energy-and-food-nexus/news-and-updates/3605-from-desalination-to-solar-energy-farming-the-nexus-in-action

16 December 2016