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UA Science Café: Water Desalination using High Concentration Photovoltaics: Water, Energy and Food Security

Presentation Title: Water Desalination using High Concentration Photovoltaics: Water, Energy and Food Security for Underserved Populations in the Most Arid Regions of the World”

Presenter: Rodolfo Peon, Ph.D. Student, Arid Lands Resource Sciences
                   2017 Carson Scholar, Agnese Nelms Haury Fellow

By the year 2030, about half of world's population will be living in areas of high water stress. Being agriculture the largest water consumer, food production will be extremely challenging in the future. Taking the Navajo Nation as case study, it is shown that treatment of saline aquifers with small-scale solar desalination technologies can provide end users with sufficient water and energy to meet their needs and grow food all year round.

Rodolfo’s talk is part of the Fall 2017 Borderlands Brewing Co. Science Café Series: Aquifers to Zika: Biotic and Abiotic Issues in Conservation. Environmental conservation encompasses a wide range of concerns, from preventing epidemics to establishing sustainable water sources, from animal conservation to predicting climate change. This series brings together four Carson Scholars exploring how genomics, entomology, photovoltaics, and citizen science can be used to address the wide breadth of environmental challenges that our world faces today.

The UA Science Café Series is brought to you by the University of Arizona College of Science. Science Cafés bring the community together with UA scientists and graduate students in a casual setting. You’ll learn about the latest research being conducted, get to know the faces behind the science, and have opportunities to ask questions and deepen your understanding. There are four separate café series at four different locations around Tucson, each with their own themes for fascinating science discussions. Come join the conversation!

Borderlands Brewing Co.
119 E. Toole Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

Borderlands Brewing Co., 119 E. Toole Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701