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Laura Sanchez

Laura Sanchez is the editor of Distributed Energy and Water Efficiency magazines.

Articles by Laura Sanchez

Floating to the Rescue

Water

Floating to the Rescue

Although towing an iceberg from Antarctica to South Africa to relieve drought-plagued Cape Town sounds far-fetched, or like the plot of a summer blockbuster movie, it’s a solution that experts in South Africa are seriously considering.

Marine salvage expert, Nick Sloane, who in 2014 successfully refloated the capsized Italian passenger ship

Editor’s Comments: Global Perspective

Water Efficiency Magazine

Editor’s Comments: Global Perspective

SINCE THE INVENTION of the telescope in 1608, mapping the cosmos has captivated many of our imaginations. Beautifully complex maps from that era document the heavens in elaborate celestial charts. One of the most celebrated is the Atlas Coelestis, a 1660 collection of lavish engravings by Andreas Cellarius that illustrate

Powering Ports

Energy

Powering Ports

Ports are high-traffic, energy-intensive transportation hubs and critical national entry points. In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and augment energy resiliency, the Port of San Diego is planning to install a solar-powered microgrid—a project that could serve as a landmark for other harbors.

The Port of San Diego is

River Revival

Water

River Revival

The Santa Cruz River once flowed year-round in Tucson, AZ, supporting one of the largest mesquite forests in the world.  But urban development and extensive groundwater withdrawals in recent years caused the river’s volume to dwindle. Today, city administrators hope to use recycled effluent to restore the river’s flow to

Metal-Organic Frameworks

Weekly

Metal-Organic Frameworks

Some of today’s greatest energy efficiencies are born at the interface of water and energy conservation. A new filtering material used for desalination has introduced the possibility of efficiency gains by facilitating the removal of sodium from seawater or process brine while simultaneously extracting lithium.

Modern desalination plants typically use

From Vapor to Liquid

Water

From Vapor to Liquid

We’re surrounded by water molecules in the air. Even in the driest environments, it swirls around us as airborne vapors. For decades researchers have worked to develop ways to extract and collect water from the air but these concepts have typically required large amounts of energy and have often proven

Wind Energy’s Inertia

Energy

Wind Energy’s Inertia

Today, wind turbines spin gracefully across the California desert; they tower over Iowa cornfields, and stand watch off coastal waters. Wind power is emerging as an increasingly viable power source.

The domestic US market for offshore wind has gained momentum recently due to both declining costs and supportive policies. Current

Incentivizing Groundwater Management

Water

Incentivizing Groundwater Management

How can organizations finance the changes needed to preserve groundwater? In Brazil, where drought has left the countryside parched, farmers are being paid to improve infrastructure and implement groundwater preservation techniques.

In Brazil, about 60% of the country’s freshwater is used for crop and livestock production. With the understanding that poor

Destination: Decarbonization

Energy

Destination: Decarbonization

According to scientific consensus, the future of climate stabilization depends upon the decarbonization of energy systems and the reduction of global greenhouse-gas emissions. The electrification of buildings, power industry researchers explain, is an important step on the path to decarbonization.

A European study conducted by the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project indicates

Energy’s Evolution

Energy

Energy’s Evolution

What does the future hold for microgrids? According to Peter Asmus, Research Director for microgrids at Navigant Research, as inertia carries the market forward in the coming decade, microgrids will present opportunities for new business models and technologies as well as an energy landscape transformed by distributed generation sources.

Peter’s research