Energy and Water, both vital resources for modern life, depend on one another. Water is needed to generate energy, and energy is needed to treat and transport water. WEG research analyzes this relationship from both directions and its implications for society.
Complex energy systems allow modern society to function. The Webber Energy Group analyzes and models complex energy systems– such as the smart grid, energy storage, and the power sector– to assess trends and investigate novel pathways and combinations that allow for increased resource efficiency and additional societal benefits.
With approximately 30% of U.S. energy consumption attributed to the transportation sector, alternative transportation fuels are a significant aspect of our energy future. The Webber Energy Group researches alternative transportation fuels and systems, including natural gas, electricity, and biofuels.
Food, waste and energy are interconnected. Significant amounts of energy are embedded in the production, transportation, and storage of our food and much of this energy goes into the trash with unused food. In addition, our many waste streams–such as municipal solid waste, agricultural waste, and wastewater–can become valuable energy resources. The Webber Energy Group analyzes these relationships and their potential.