30 Jan '18, 11am

How much water does a power plant use?

How much water does a power plant use?

The world’s power plants are thirsty. We just don’t know how much they’re drinking. Despite that the power sector is the largest industrial water user, most countries don’t mandate that power plants disclose their water use. Power plants use water for cooling primarily, yet the World Electric Power Plants Database (one of the most commonly used repositories of global power plant information) has cooling data for only 59 percent of the world’s electricity generation capacity. It’s a dangerous information gap for everyone from investors to consumers. Energy contributes to, and suffers from, water stress Water-dependent thermal power plants generate the majority of the world’s electricity — more than 81 percent . These plants use fuels such as coal, gas or nuclear energy to make heat, which is then converted into electrical energy. For most thermal plants, large volumes of wa...

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