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Water-Energy Nexus New Focus of Berkeley Lab Research

23 May 2016

Billions of gallons of water are used each day in the United States for energy production—for hydroelectric power generation, thermoelectric plant cooling, and countless other industrial processes, including oil and gas mining. This interdependence of water and energy is the focus of a major new research effort at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

Berkeley Lab addresses California Water Resilience challenges with new major initiative

23 May 2016

Berkeley Lab investigators are using fundamental research to address the interdependent challenges of water and energy, as regional climates change, and populations grow. The Berkeley Lab’s collective expertise can use both fundamental research and technological advances to meet these challenges.

Examining Possible Links Between Wastewater Injection and Earthquakes in California

21 Mar 2016

Berkeley Lab scientists in the Energy Geosciences Division (EGD) are conducting a study commissioned by California’s oil field regulating agency — the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources — to examine possible links between oil field wastewater injection and earthquakes.

Water Security in a Changing Climate: California Drought and Sierra Nevada Response

14 Apr 2016

California’s water supplies are facing unprecedented stresses, and the state’s water-management systems are struggling to meet both environmental and human needs (agricultural, municipal, industrial).

Is it safe to use oilfield wastewater on crops?

22 Jan 2016

Is it safe to use treated oilfield wastewater to irrigate almond, pistachio and citrus groves? William Stringfellow, environmental engineer in Earth and Environmental Sciences (Energy Geosciences Division), says, “We’re not able to answer the public definitely, and say there’s no problem.”

DSSS: Numerical Models for Evaluating the Competitive Use of the Subsurface: The Influence of Energy Storage and Production in Groundwater

11 Dec 2015

The subsurface is being increasingly utilised both as a resource and as an energy and waste repository. Historically, there have been few issues of concern related to competition between resources, with groundwater contamination being a notable exception.

Potential Impacts of CO2 Leakage on Groundwater Quality

LBNL is one of the main international research organizations addressing concerns about potential impact of deployment of CO2 geological storage on the nation’s groundwater resources.

Berkeley Lab Water Conservation Efforts Pay Off in Unexpected Ways

18 Nov 2015

With California in an extreme drought, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) started a number of water conservation efforts two years ago.

Need for low-tech solutions to treat U-contaminated water

27 Aug 2015

This is a call for developing low-tech solutions to treat water contaminated by uranium mining in low income, developing countries.

Williams featured in DOE JGI’s collaborating science videos on Genomes-to-Watershed SFA

13 Apr 2015

Berkeley Lab earth scientist Kenneth Hurst Williams, recently featured in DOE JGI’s collaborating science videos, describes the DOE-BER supported research activities at the Rifle, Colorado field site (Genomes-to-Watershed Scientific Focus Area (SFA2.0) and its relationship to other contaminated floodplains within the DOE complex.