R. Oğuz Çapan

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Water is an essential to human existence and yet our power generation-infrastructure levies huge demands on this increasingly scarce resource. Power plants use considerable amounts of water for cooling, while discharging higher temperature wastewater that can contain contaminants that pollute our water systems and damage local ecosystems in the process.

For instance, according to the Energy Information Agency in 2011 coal-fired generation provided about 42 percent of the electricity in the United Stated and use either closed-loop or open-loop cooling systems to condense the water after it has been used to create steam to power turbines to provide electricity to our homes and businesses. Keep reading →