The mission of the Water & Energy Efficiency for the Environment Lab (WE3Lab) is to advance the energy efficiency of desalination through innovation in water treatment technology, optimization of water management practices, and redesign of water policies. Ongoing research efforts include:
1) developing automated, precise, robust, intensified, modular, and electrified (A-PRIME) water desalination technologies to support a circular water economy;
2) addressing the water constraints to deep decarbonization by quantifying the water requirements and impacts of energy systems; and
3) supporting the design and enforcement of water-energy-food policies (e.g., Effluent Limitation Guidelines, the Clean Power Plan, CA Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, etc.).
National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI)
Professor Mauter is the Research Director for NAWI and several WE3 Lab members work on NAWI-affiliated projects.
Podcast on the circular water economy
Prof. Mauter appeared on Stanford Engineering's "The Future of Everything" podcast to discuss developments in freshwater treatment and distribution.
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment releases a Research Brief highlighting key policy insights from Prof. Mauter's recent publication "Desalination for a Circular Water Economy" in Energy and Environmental Sciences.