41 min

Circular Water Economy with Tim Bartholomew Liquid Assets

    • Business

Water scarcity is an increasingly pressing global issue, exacerbated by factors such as population growth, urbanization, and climate change. Traditionally, our water usage follows a linear model: we extract water from the environment, treat it for various purposes, and then release the wastewater back into the environment. However, this approach is unsustainable and contributes to environmental pollution and resource depletion.

In this insightful episode of Liquid Assets, Ravi Kurani sits down with Tim Bartholomew, a research engineer at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), to discuss the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI)'s efforts to transform the linear water economy into a circular model.

NAWI, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a desalination hub composed of multiple national laboratories, universities, and industry partners. Its primary goal is to develop new water treatment technologies that can enable a circular water economy, where wastewater is treated and reused locally, reducing the need for long-distance transportation and minimizing water consumption and pollution.

Tim Bartholomew sheds light on the challenges and opportunities associated with this ambitious endeavor. He explains the concept of a "prime" technology, which encompasses attributes such as autonomy, precision, resilience, intensification, modularity, and electrification – characteristics that could revolutionize water treatment processes.

Whether you're interested in water sustainability, emerging technologies, or environmental policy, this episode offers valuable insights into the efforts underway to address one of the most pressing challenges of our time.



What you'll hear in this episode:


📌 Insights into the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI)'s mission to develop a circular water economy 💧


📌 Explanation of the "prime" criteria for water treatment technologies (autonomous, precise, resilient, intensified, modular, electrified) ⚡


📌 Details on techno-economic assessments to evaluate the cost-viability of emerging water tech 💰


📌 Discussion of WaterTAP - an open-source software for modeling new water treatment processes 💻


📌 The role of national labs like NETL in driving innovation in the water sector 🔬


📌 Tim Bartholomew's unique career journey into water research and sustainability 🌊



Tim suggests you read Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein.



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Water scarcity is an increasingly pressing global issue, exacerbated by factors such as population growth, urbanization, and climate change. Traditionally, our water usage follows a linear model: we extract water from the environment, treat it for various purposes, and then release the wastewater back into the environment. However, this approach is unsustainable and contributes to environmental pollution and resource depletion.

In this insightful episode of Liquid Assets, Ravi Kurani sits down with Tim Bartholomew, a research engineer at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), to discuss the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI)'s efforts to transform the linear water economy into a circular model.

NAWI, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a desalination hub composed of multiple national laboratories, universities, and industry partners. Its primary goal is to develop new water treatment technologies that can enable a circular water economy, where wastewater is treated and reused locally, reducing the need for long-distance transportation and minimizing water consumption and pollution.

Tim Bartholomew sheds light on the challenges and opportunities associated with this ambitious endeavor. He explains the concept of a "prime" technology, which encompasses attributes such as autonomy, precision, resilience, intensification, modularity, and electrification – characteristics that could revolutionize water treatment processes.

Whether you're interested in water sustainability, emerging technologies, or environmental policy, this episode offers valuable insights into the efforts underway to address one of the most pressing challenges of our time.



What you'll hear in this episode:


📌 Insights into the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI)'s mission to develop a circular water economy 💧


📌 Explanation of the "prime" criteria for water treatment technologies (autonomous, precise, resilient, intensified, modular, electrified) ⚡


📌 Details on techno-economic assessments to evaluate the cost-viability of emerging water tech 💰


📌 Discussion of WaterTAP - an open-source software for modeling new water treatment processes 💻


📌 The role of national labs like NETL in driving innovation in the water sector 🔬


📌 Tim Bartholomew's unique career journey into water research and sustainability 🌊



Tim suggests you read Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein.



Follow Liquid Assets on:


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41 min

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