The Energy Achilles Heel – Jul 2016

The Energy Achilles Heel – Jul 2016

Guess what … There is one more caveat to energy that we don’t consider. Fresh Clean Drinkable Water!! Think about this, that energy coming to your home is mostly likely to be from a power plant either on a lake or river or the ocean. That’s because power plants need cooling and what’s the best way other cooling than from natural sources.

Fresh water that can potentially be drinking water!!

Think about this; the energy coming to your home is mostly likely to be from a power plant that is based on the shore of either a lake, river or the ocean. That’s because power plants need cooling and the best way to get access to a source of  cooling is to be located close to a natural source of water.

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Power Plant located on a lake in Canada

Sometimes this water is flowing and sometimes it is not.Either way, it has to be channeled to flow through the generating plant and out the other side. The thing with that is, quite a bit of water is lost in this process.

Whenever electricity is produced, heat is also produced. The engine/turbine/reactor producing heat needs to be cooled and kept at a steady temperature to avoid overheating.  In the worst case, overheating can (and has before) cause explosions. This means that the energy we use includes liters of water flowing through the generation cycle for cooling. Much of this water is not immediately returned and in cases of poor plant maintenance, contaminated with oils and other industrial chemicals. One sure way to ensure that this is mitigated is essentially using less energy and remembering it begins with YOU ….

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