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1. Understanding the Water-Energy Nexus and Urban Metabolism

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Led by: Dr Steven Kenway, Advanced Water Management Centre, The University of Queensland

About the course

Urban metabolism is proving central in the analysis and management of the water-energy nexus. Water professionals will increasingly require an understanding of the macro drivers and global trends that influence a transition to energy efficient systems and the technologies and options available for these systems. Knowledge of the influence of scale and the importance of clear analysis frameworks to guide these systems is also necessary. This course will provide a grounding in the concepts, analysis methods and implications of the direct, and indirect energy consequences of urban water systems.

The Benefits

Participants will:

  • Understand trends and cost-risks associated with energy in urban water and wastewater systems
  • Understand a range of options for efficient water-energy systems
  • Identify how objective, dimension and scale influence the water-energy nexus including which options are viewed as “efficient”
  • Develop a strong understanding of emerging theoretical frameworks and related analysis methods relevant to the water-energy-food nexus.

Who should enrol?

Industry, government and research professionals interested in understanding and managing the diverse and substantial influences of urban water on energy use directly (e.g. via utilities) and indirectly (e.g. via the use of water).

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