Project #4978

Application of Big Data for Energy Management at Water Utilities

In Progress
Principal Investigator
Research Manager
Mr. Ashwin Dhanasekar
Utility Management
Energy Optimization
Intelligent Water Systems
Resource Recovery
Big Data


The water sector has increased its attention to energy use, including concerns surrounding rising costs, energy security, and energy reliability. Data management plays a vital role in addressing energy use and operational costs across the water sector. This project will (1) develop a global understanding of the current use of data infrastructure and data analytics for energy management in drinking water and wastewater utilities; (2) identify the key datasets of value for reducing energy consumption and the costs of pumping operations and treatment processes; (3) identify key data analytics that will support a reduction in energy consumption and cost of utility operations, and overall resource efficiency; and (4) develop a data plan for a pilot study to optimize energy management schemes.