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Electric power generation is responsible for almost 40% of the freshwater withdraws in the US. The majority of this water is used for cooling power plants. Fossil fuel extraction has massive environmental impacts on groundwater quality. The Pacific Northwest is also heavily dependent on large-scale hydroelectric power generation, which fluctuates based on annual rainfall and reduces the resilience of watershed ecosystems.
Responding to the impacts of climate change, the energy sector is moving towards a resilient and sustainable model that is combustion-free, decentralized and reliant on clean renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind. Large scale centralized power generation is being replaced with on-site energy generation, micro-grids and energy storage. Renewable transportation fuels are increasingly being sourced from renewable feedstocks including renewable oils, algae, and biomass byproducts.
Solutions in This Sector
Electrification of Space & Water Heating
Sustainable Aviation & Marine Fuel Alternatives
Waste Heat Recovery
Together, we will find ways to solve chronic challenges, decrease the cost of project delivery, and incentivize mainstream adoption. There is massive untapped potential to design new tools for problems that natural resource managers face daily.
We invite you to join us in identifying solutions and promising new technologies.