Thursday, 9 August 2018

how much water is needed to produce electricity

quote [ In the US and Europe, more than half of the water drawn from nature is used for power generation. This year’s heatwave has forced some of those power plants to shut down. The amount of water needed to produce electricity varies by a huge range: between 0 gallons (for sources like solar and wind) to 60,000 gallons for each megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity produced (for sources like nuclear and coal).Concentrated solar and geothermal contribute less than 1% of the world’s electricity, whereas coal, natural gas, and nuclear contribute more than 75%. Hydropower uses a lot of water, too: 4,500 gallons per MWh ]

Surprised so many nuclear power plants had to shut down during a heat wave.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+2]
[by yunnaf@12:22amGMT]

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moriati said @ 8:02am GMT on 9th Aug
In UK the water industry is the biggest electricity customer and the electricity generating industry is the biggest water customer.

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