Mentor: Dr. Amanda Phalin
Warrington College of Business Administration
"I got involved in academic research to investigate topics that are of interest to me but not covered in class. The University Scholars Program will allow me to gain experience and knowledge in the field of academic research, which will successfully prepare me to perform my own research in graduate school."
- Sustainable Energy Technology
- Water Resource Economics
- Aquifer Storage and Recovery
- BUMP: Business Undergraduate Mentorship Program
- Heavener Leadership Challenge
Hobbies and Interests
- Business Consulting
Utilizing Solar Energy to Power an Aquifer Storage and Recovery System
This paper analyzes the costs and benefits of using solar technology to power an Aquifer Storage and Recovery System (ASR) in the State of Florida. In 2014, The World Economic Forum, The White House, and The World Health Organization published independent reports highlighting the need to find a long-term solution to address the growing problem of water scarcity. The purpose of this research is to determine if it is economically feasible to utilize solar photovoltaic (PV) technology to operate reverse osmosis (RO) desalination modules and the well pump of an ASR system in Florida. An Aquifer Storage and Recovery system could provide a cost-effective way to store drinking water, treated surface water, desalinated water, and fresh groundwater in the brackish upper Floridian aquifer. Water is stored in the aquifer during times of excess supply and recovered during times when the demand for water increases again, thereby helping to address the growing problem of water scarcity. Potential benefits of using such a system are a decrease in operating costs and a reduction in evaporative losses, which occur in above ground reservoir systems. Potential costs are the contamination of the Floridan Aquifer and the blending of treated and ambient water, thereby diminishing recovery efficiency.