Consumptive Water Use for U.S. Power Production

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


A study of power plants and their respective water consumption was completed to effectively analyze evaporative cooling systems. This technical paper will aid the High Performance Buildings Research Program by providing a metric in determining water efficiency in building cooling systems. Further analysis is planned to determine the overall water efficiency of evaporative cooling systems comparedto conventional direct expansion systems and chiller systems with cooling towers.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2003

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-550-33905


  • high performance buildings research
  • power plants
  • power production and water use
  • water consumption
  • water use


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