Water Security Grand Challenge

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The Water Security Grand Challenge is a White House initiated, U.S. Department of Energy led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water. Using a coordinated suite of prizes, competitions, early-stage research and development, and other programs, the Grand Challenge has set the following goals for the United States to reach by 2030:

  1. Launch desalination technologies that deliver cost-competitive clean water
  2. Transform the energy sector’s produced water from a waste to a resource
  3. Achieve near-zero water impact for new thermoelectric power plants, and significantly lower freshwater use intensity within the existing fleet
  4. Double resource recovery from municipal wastewater
  5. Develop small, modular energy-water systems for urban, rural, tribal, national security, and disaster response settings.
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