CCS’ impact on water resources


New research by Berkeley University of California suggests that carbon capture and storage (CCS) could stress water resources in about 43% of the world’s power plants where water scarcity is already a problem.

According to the research, the technology deployed in these water-scarce region matters, and emerging CCS technologies could greatly mitigate the demand CCS places on water consumption.

Energy-producing facilities such as coal-fired power plants consume large amounts of cooling water. The type of cooling method used in a power plant affects water consumption.

Installing CCS at these facilities requires the production of additional energy to compensate for the energy used by the CCS process, with that comes additional cool water consumption.

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