A comparative analysis framework for assessing the sustainability of a combined water and energy infrastructure

Ferhat Karaca, Paul Graham Raven, John Machell, Fatih Camci

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Abstract

The evolution of infrastructure is a long journey that requires the concomitant advancement of associated sciences and technologies. Today's disparate utility infrastructures could be the starting point for such a journey, from where future infrastructure may develop to a degree of perfection that will enable multifunctional use; thereby removing duplication, capital and operational cost and risk, improving sustainability. This paper presents a framework for a sustainability analysis of a futuristic idea, "City-Blood", that proposes to distribute energy and water through a single infrastructure. Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) has been used to analyse qualitative and quantitative data to determine the relative sustainability of several City-Blood implementations by comparing them against existing disparate electricity and water delivery systems. Each solution considers extreme economic, social, and environmental contexts that affect the need for the infrastructure and resource use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-468
Number of pages13
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Volume90
Issue numberPB
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Combined distribution
  • Emerging technologies
  • Energy
  • Futures infrastructures
  • Hydrogen carrier
  • Integrated utility infrastructures
  • Water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Applied Psychology
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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