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WE3Lab Research Vision

The Water and Energy Efficiency for the Environment (WE3) lab, works on the grand challenge of meeting water demand in a carbon-constrained world.  Conventional water treatment technologies are approaching their thermodynamic limit; to realize further energy savings requires a series of paradigm shifts in technology deployment, process integration, and materials design. We apply our backgrounds in environmental engineering and policy analysis to develop and assess policies, processes, and materials that promote energy efficient water desalination and reuse.  Our lab is honored to be affiliated with several interdisciplinary centers that share our broader mission of sustainable water and energy systems:

Prof. Meagan Mauter serves as the research director for the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI), a research consortium formed in 2017 to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy to create the Energy-Water Desalination Hub. NAWI envisions an affordable, energy-efficient, and resilient water supply for the U.S. economy through decentralized, small-scale, fit-for-purpose desalination. .  

Prof. Meagan Mauter is a Center Fellow, by courtesy, in Stanford's Woods Institute for the Environment.  The Woods Insitute seeks to produce breakthrough environmental knowledge and solutions that sustain people and planet today and for generations to come.  

Our group also participates in seminars and activities through the Precourt Institute for Energy, the Water in the West, and ReNUWIt: an NSF ERC on Reinventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure.