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Power plant wet cooling is second-biggest consumer of water
Thermal power plants waste a prodigious amount of precious fresh water into the atmosphere with evaporative cooling of their turbine exhaust steam. Second only to agriculture in water consumption, way more than any other industrial or recreational use. Only about a third of the energy in the fuel becomes electricity. The rest is just wasted into the atmosphere as the latent heat of newly evaporated fresh water. How about some attention to that problem?
Posted by Wilmot McCutchen
4th Oct 2011