Analysis of the Technical and Economic Potential of Purifying Brackish Groundwater on Texas State Lands Using Integrated Renewables and Desalination Facilities

Sam Aminfard, Dr. F. Todd Davidson, and Dr. Michael E. Webber, March 2017 (Citation)


This report summarizes the methods and results of a project executed by The University of Texas at Austin, with sponsorship from the Texas General Land Office (GLO), to study the technical and economic potential to purify brackish groundwater on Texas state lands using integrated renewable energy, focusing on wind and solar power. The water treated in this scenario could be used to meet local water needs while also serving as a proxy for storing intermittent energy resources. Desalination of brackish aquifers has the potential to create a revenue source for the GLO, while improving local water resiliency, access, and affordability.