White Papers

Perspectives on Energy Policy: Security, Economics, and the Environment

On March 18 and 19, 2009, Sandia National Laboratories and the University of California San Diego Sustainability Solutions Institute brought together 27 leaders from academia, government, and the private sector to discuss key energy policy issues and proposed values- and outcomes-based approaches to energy policy. The goal of the workshop was to bring together leaders from diverse backgrounds to identify promising areas for energy policy, based on the understanding of intersecting issues, assumptions, and priorities from the national security, economic, and environmental perspectives.

The Case for Water Equity Investing 2010

With a credit crisis more serious than any seen in several generations, and the associated deep economic recession from which we still have not managed to extricate ourselves, equity valuations across all industrial sectors have fallen sharply – even with some recent recovery. At Summit Global Management, we believe that while these circumstances have undeniably caused widespread fear and uncertainty, they have also created an unprecedented opportunity for investors interested in the global water industry.

Energy Market and Economic Impacts of H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

This report responds to a request to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) from Chairman Henry Waxman and Chairman Edward Markey for an analysis of H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACESA).1 ACESA, as passed by the House of Representatives on June 26, 2009, is a complex bill that regulates emissions of greenhouse gases through market-based mechanisms, efficiency programs, and economic incentives.

Flu Pandemic Annex

This Sector-specific guideline is an annex to the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Guide for Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CI/KR Pandemic Influenza Guide) and intends to assist water and wastewater utilities in planning for a catastrophic influenza pandemic.

Optimizing Solar Thermal Performance

Solar thermal energy appears poised for a renaissance in the United States, as the Obama Administration presses forward with its green energy agenda. But the revival could be short-lived unless solar hot systems are maintained properly.

Process Analytics

Process Analytics and Intelligence—sometimes called Manufacturing Intelligence—has transformed the way companies produce goods, understand their manufacturing processes, and ensure a quality product in ways we could not have foreseen ten years ago.

Adventus Field Profile

Groundwater at an industrial site in Texas is impacted with Chlorinated Volatile Organic Carbon’s (CVOCs), primarily PCE and TCE, from historical waste disposal. The topography at the site slopes steeply towards a small channel where the groundwater discharges. Depth to groundwater ranges from approximately 20 ft bgs at the source area to 1 ft bgs close to the channel.

Shimadzu Total Organic Carbon Analysis

Shimadzu’s Total Nitrogen Module (TNM-1) analyzes Total Nitrogen in less than 4 minutes, requires no reagents or chemicals, and produces no hazardous wastes. Conforming to the American Society for Test Method’s (ASTM) D5176 procedure, the TNM-1 uses combustion oxidation and chemiluminescence detection.

Prefurbia Solution to Urban Renewal

Prefurbia is a neighborhood planning method that produces organically designed, low environmental-impact neighborhoods through varied streetscapes, more public/private spaces, and better pedestrian connectivity.

How Food Producers can Reduce Costs and Increase Efficiency in their Wastewater Treatment System

A white paper for the packaged-food industry.