Consumptive Water Use for U.S. Power Production: Preprint

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Evaporative cooling systems have been criticized for their water use and acclaimed for their low energy consumption, especially when compared to typical cooling systems. In order to determine the overall effectiveness of cooling systems, both water and energy need to be considered; however, there must be a metric to compare the amount of energy used at the site to the amount of water used at thepower plant. A study of power plants and their respective water consumption was completed to effectively analyze evaporative cooling systems.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2003
EventASHRAE Winter Meeting - Anaheim, California
Duration: 24 Jan 200428 Jan 2004


ConferenceASHRAE Winter Meeting
CityAnaheim, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-550-35190


  • consumptive water use
  • high-performance buildings
  • power plants


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