Living with the Water Paradox [COMPETITION WINNER!]

May 2010

Energy Supply

May 27, 2010 2:02 PM
Kim Ratanavong

THe key questions in regards to energy supply are as follows:

1. How does Water Paradox impact the way that energy is produced and distributed?

2. What are the opportunities created by the Water Paradox for energy production and distribution within smaller scales of urban areas?

After research and series of discussions, it was evident that the Water Paradox and Peak Oil particularly would have significant socioeconomic impact in relation to power generation and energy supply-- resulting in limited access to energy particularly for the urban poor and the existing energy infrastructure and supply at risk of damage and insufficiency.

However, it was clear that the Water Paradox could provide new innovative modes of energy production, such as small scale dam/hydro energy, which have been developed and implemented in many developing countries ( which could be the basis of 'decentralised' energy supply and production infrastructure. And that in conjunction with the proposed waste/recycling system, energy production could be made more environmentally and economically sustainable through energy creation through methane.

Small-scale hydro power:

The Sydney Morning Herald Article on methane energy creation:

These new infrastructures of energy production could help to provide equitable energy supplies and one which is accessible to every level of urban society for participation in production and supply.

Figure 1: The proposed RC system for energy supply

Figure 2: Master Plan - Energy Production and distribution




The Water Paradox

Where you live with what you have - the climate change induced water issues.

This study explores the most ubiqutous climate change paradox present in many of coastal cities around the world - the abundance and the lack of water in addition to, risk + opportunities of the climate change induced water issues.

The proposal demonstrates the risks and potentials of the coastal/bay area developments and communities such as Fish Market area in Sydney, Australia.

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