next previous

EUI5: Water/Energy Nexus - Impacts and Modelling

Water use by the energy sector is expected to double by 2035 (IEA, 2013); only the agricultural sector withdraws more water than the energy sector. In parallel the World Bank has argued that water shortages are now hindering global energy production (Rodriguez et al., 2013). Its 2014 initiative “Thirsty Energy” reflects this growing concern. This, in conjunction with existing stresses such as population, climate change and increased water scarcity, will place an enormous challenge on water resources. For example, it is expected that by 2035, 25% more oil and 61% more natural gas will be produced resulting in increases in associated water abstraction of 26% and 86% respectively. The World Economic Forum in 2014 identified water security as the top priority globally and thus the energy sector has a key role to play in ensuring sustainable water use. Treatment and transport of water and wastewater accounts for 7–8% of the world’s energy consumption, and over 4.6 billion m3 of water a year is consumed to generate this required energy (Hoffman, 2004; IEA, 2012). However, there are significant regional differences globally, within the “water sector”; with some regions utilising 20% of electricity generated. With these figures set to rise by 33% by 2020, possible methods of reducing energy consumption must be explored within the water sector (US EPA, 2006; IEA 2012). It is thus widely accepted that the integration of energy and water interactions and subsequent development of tools and models that enable better decision making are key research challenges (Hussey and Pittock, 2012).



Dr Geertje Schuitema
Funded Investigator, Associate Professor, School of Business, University College Dublin
Dr Brian Corcoran
Funded Investigator, Senior Lecturer, Dept. Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Dublin City University
01 700 8074
Dr Eoghan Clifford
Funded Investigator, Lecturer Civil Engineering, College of Engineering and Informatics, NUI Galway
00 353 91 492219
Dr Lorna Fitzsimons
Lecturer in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Dublin City University
(01) 700 7716
Eoin Daly
PhD Researcher
Sukanya Saikia
PhD Researcher
Dr Sudeep Nair
Postdoc Researcher

Research Outputs


Impacts of precipitation variability on wastewater systems

2019; 9th International Young Water Professionals Conference 2019, Canada; Sukanya Saikia, Eoghan Clifford


Observing the impacts of extreme precipitation events on wastewater systems

2019; Environ 2019: Engagement for Climate Action. 29th Colloquium of Irish Environmental Research, Ireland; Sukanya Saikia, Eoghan Clifford


Impact of Rainfall Events on the Electricity Consumption of a Wastewater Treatment Plant

2018; 13th Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES), Italy; Eoin Daly, Lorna Fitzsimons, Brian Corcoran


End use level water and energy interactions: A large non-residential building case study

2018; Water; Nair, S., Hashim, H., Hannon, L. and Clifford, E.



Quantifying energy losses associated with faults in building water networks using a novel fault detection, diagnosis and optimization approach

2017; 12th Conference on sustainable development of energy, water and environment systems, 4-8 October 2017, Croatia; Nair, S., Mulligan, S., Hashim, H., Ryan, P., Keane, M., Clifford, E. and Hannon, L.