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Performer:  Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) Location:  Albuquerque, NM
Project Duration:  10/01/2014 – 12/31/2017 Award Number:  FWP-14-017626
Technology Area:  Plant Optimization Technologies Total Award Value:  $1,243,000
Key Technology:  Water Management R&D DOE Share:  $1,243,000
Performer Share:  $0

Project Relevancy to Fossil Energy
Project Relevancy to Fossil Energy

Project Description

The objective of the proposed work is to develop both data and models to help better understand the linkage between thermoelectric power generation and water. This effort will involve two broad areas of research, one involving the development of a water atlas and the second assesses the water use requirement of fossil-fueled electric power plants. The water atlas task will compile estimates of water availability, cost and projected future demand at the watershed level (8-digit Hydraulic Unit Code [HUC], which corresponds to roughly 2250 watersheds) for the lower 48 states of the U.S. Water availability and cost metrics will be developed for four sources of water including surface water, groundwater, municipal wastewater, and shallow brackish groundwater. The second task will enhance the analytical capabilities of the Integrated Environmental Control Model (IECM) to assess water use requirements of fossil-fueled electric power plants to consider a variety of alternative water treatment and cooling technologies and processes for carbon capture and storage.

Project Benefits

The enhanced IECM may significantly enhance the ability to analyze and assess water needs, costs, and impacts of fossil energy plants. In addition, it could provide an integrated analysis of low-carbon electricity generation, alternative water technologies, and regional water resource impacts. As a publicly available tool, it could allow a broad range of constituents to utilize the results of NETL-supported research on water and carbon capture technologies.

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Contact Information

Federal Project Manager Jessica Mullen: jessica.mullen@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager Briggs White: briggs.white@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator Vincent Tidwell: VcTidwe@sandia.gov