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.).