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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),  National Science Foundation (NSF), New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Empire State Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR)

Anna Dyson, Jason Vollen, Matt Gindlesparger, Jaehong Kim, Nick Novelli, Mandi Pretorius, Kristin Malone, Satoshi Kiyono, Aletheia Ida, Rahmi Ozisik, Ryan Gilbert, Inhyeong Jeon, Eric Ryberg, Xuanhao Wu

Industry: Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Systems Engineering Research Center (NEWT ERC)


Academic/National Labs: NEWT ERC: Rice University, Arizona State University, University of Texas at El Paso

U.S. Patent No. 9090486B2

Anna Dyson, Jason Vollen, Mark Mistur, Peter Stark, Kristin Malone + Matt Gindlesparger (2105)

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Anna Dyson, Jason Vollen, Matt Gindlesparger, Jaehong Kim, Nick Novelli, Mandi Pretorius, Kristin Malone, Satoshi Kiyono, Aletheia Ida, Rahmi Ozisik, Ryan Gilbert, Inhyeong Jeon, Eric Ryberg, Xuanhao Wu

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),  National Science Foundation (NSF), New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Empire State Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR)

collaborators

Industry: Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Systems Engineering Research Center (NEWT ERC)


Academic/National Labs: NEWT ERC: Rice University, Arizona State University, University of Texas at El Paso

Anna Dyson, Jason Vollen, Mark Mistur, Peter Stark, Kristin Malone + Matt Gindlesparger (2105)

U.S. Patent No. 9090486B2

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As the global population grows, so too do the demands for water – for drinking, sanitation and energy production in the built environment, among many other uses. At the same time, human activity and climate change are disrupting natural water cycles, putting freshwater ecosystems under pressure. Pollution, infrastructure development and resource extraction pose additional challenges. 


We cannot afford to be careless with this vital resource. Water resources are being stretched by population growth, rising living standards, industrial development and urbanization.  


Yale CEA is investigating a diverse range of ecosystemic water management strategies. At the building scale, we are exploring means of effectively interfacing the ambient availability of incident solar and water resources on the building facade, with the potential to activate building envelope surfaces for water capture, reclamation, and treatment. 


By incorporating renewable energy-driven water capture and treatment processes into the building envelope, these systems present a highly localized integration of water cycles into the built environment, removing the need for extensive infrastructure.


Future conditions of water as a limited resource are challenged by population growth, rising living standards, industrial development and increasing urbanization: all key contributors to water scarcity, and increased energy consumption in the built environment. Business-as-usual water management in the coming decades threatens already vulnerable water resources with overexploitation. 

Water is intrinsic to all life cycles.

How can we change our relationship to this crucial yet fragile resource?

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Renewable bio-based circular material economies in timber, post-agricultural by-products and plant-based bioremediation

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NOVEL AMBIENT

WATER CAPTURE +

RECYCLING

Our systems maximize the potential of dehumidification and rainwater collection to provide potable and greywater for building inhabitants.

Image: Solar Enclosure for Water Reuse (SEWR) cleans Water while providing natural daylight and reducing building energy use

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