Crosscutting Research Program

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Water Management R&D Research Area

Analyzing new methods to conserve water usage of fossil fuel generating systems

Water Management R&D focuses its research in three chief areas: increasing water efficiency and reuse, treatment of alternative sources of water, and energy-water analysis. These research areas encompass the need to minimize potential impacts of water quality and availability.

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Increasing Water Efficiency and Reuse   Treatment of Alternative Sources of Water   Energy-Water Analysis
With the inextricable link between water and energy, it is increasingly important to use water effectively through the power generation sector. This area aims to advance concepts for both new, and existing plants to minimize water intake and use. Examining plant cycles and testing new efficient processes, not only can reduce water intake, but also lower overall operating costs.
  Identifying, and treating alternative sources of water, such as brackish, and effluent streams, offers opportunities for scientists to address energy-water system challenges. This area focuses on furthering technology to utilize alternative water resources that can span multiple facts of R&D, including considerations of capital costs, operating costs, and system integration.
  The complex relationship between energy and water is constantly developing. The multiple components that impact the system can be modeled and analyzed to better inform decision-makers, and scientists alike. This area helps prioritize research objectives through thorough analyses of the water-energy system behavior.

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Water System Technologies at the Plant

The diagram explains the movement of water throughout the plant and highlights key technologies where water efficiency can be improved.

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