Sustainable Resources and Waste Recovery

The 20th century model of the energy industry involved the generation of energy by a small group of entities via a controlled distribution system. If the energy and environmental challenges of the 21st century are to be met, then the energy system must reach the same level of local generation and global sharing that typifies the internet. There can still be centralized large generation, but this must be integrated with local generation and storage. Vast energy waste within the industrial sector is predominantly due to heat. The ability to convert this waste heat energy into a useful form (electricity/hydrogen) in an economically viable process has potential to not only lower industries energy costs, but also reduce raw material consumption. The recycling of industrial chemical waste (including water) through low energy processing offers further overall resource and energy savings. The relationship between the water used for energy production and the energy consumed to extract, purify, deliver, heat/cool, treat and dispose of water (and wastewater) offers an important interrelationship between energy and the provision of clean and abundant water as a keystone of thriving communities. 

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