ETA 2021 Strategic Plan - Flipbook - Page 69
SHORT TERM (6 MONTHS–2 YEARS)
• Identify, initiate, and scale-up fundamental materials discovery programs. Better understanding
of the underlying scientific principles and innovation in materials sciences are key for successful
development of energy-efficient water treatment technologies.
• Conduct a life-cycle analysis of urban water delivery systems and industrial oil/gas water–energy
interdependencies. Establishing key areas for water–energy technology advancements and
assessing economic impacts are essential for effective use of R&D resources.
• Establish meaningful collaboration with industry partners. Provide technical assistance to
industry partners to advance and improve existing state-of-the-art water–energy technologies.
• Build partnerships and collect data needed to address key problems in the water–energy space.
MEDIUM TERM (3–5 YEARS)
• Seed one or two novel disruptive technologies in advanced membranes, capacitive deionization,
ion sorption, and/or electric field separations. Move breakthrough discoveries into the
technology development phase.
• Demonstrate an integrated system of ion separation/desalination and renewable energy
generation sources. Demonstrate feasibility and optimization paths for development of fullscale desalination system(s) with significant cost reductions. Deploy models to address these
LONG TERM (5 YEARS AND BEYOND)
• Demonstrate new methods of desalination at half the cost of the current state-of-the-art
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