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Research

InFEWS supports students doing interdisciplinary work, with projects ranging from capturing and reusing nutrients and water in organic waste products, development of small-scale water and energy technologies necessary for the agricultural sector and developing infrastructures and lifecycle methodologies to collect integrated information and data on food, energy, and water systems. Sample projects across our three challenge areas are found below:

Distributed FEWS Systems

Distributed generation & storage technologies for communities in transition that support energy services, water quality and access, and healthy food systems.

  • Geospatial patterns of food, energy, water waste sources
  • Food-energy- water-information nexus in enabling off-grid energy services:
  • Analytic/empirical studies
  • Biomass and hydro energy linking decarbonization paths for local and distributed energy systems
  • Water-storage capacity versus water and energy use efficiency – addressing the challenges of food security and climate change

Converting Urban Waste into Food, Energy, and Water

  • Production of fertilizer and energy from high-strength residential, municipal, and agricultural wastes
  • Estimation of demand for fertilizer recovered from fecal sludge or wastewater streams

The Internet of Food

Tracking, analyzing and managing food supply chains with embedded energy, water and green house gases.

  • Best Practices for sustainable sugarcane production in Brazil: Considering the FEWS supply chain
  • The Chocolate Fix: FEWS biotechnologies and a sustainable cacao supply
  • An analytical framework and decision tools for management of food, energy, and water systems in the face of increasing climate and population stressors
  • Creating quality of life metrics for evaluating sustainable global FEWS supply chains
  • Global implications of incorporating modern biology in FEW systems: genetic/transgenic techniques

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DGE-1633740. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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