Wind/Water Nexus

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Nobel laureate Richard Smalley cited energy and water as among humanity's top problems for the next 50 years as the world's population increases from 6.3 billion to 9 billion. The U.S. Department of Energy's Wind and Hydropower Program has initiated an effort to explore wind energy's role as a technical solution to this critically important issue in the United States and the world. This four-pagefact sheet outlines five areas in which wind energy can contribute: thermoelectric power plant/water processes, irrigation, municipal water supply, desalination, and wind/hydropower integration.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2006

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-500-37790

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102006-2218


  • desalination
  • drought
  • freshwater withdrawal
  • irrigation
  • municipal water supply
  • thermoelectric power
  • western states
  • wind and hydropower integration
  • wind and water nexus
  • wind energy
  • wind energy benefits


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