Water consumption in the energy sector

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Abstract

Energy, water, and food systems are closely interlinked in the Energy-Water-Food Nexus. Water is of paramount importance for the energy
sector. Fossil fuels require water for extraction, trans-port and processing. Thermal power plants require water for cooling, whether they use nuclear, fossil or biofuels. Hydropower is based on water in rivers or reservoirs. Feedstock production for biofuels may depend on water for irrigation. On the other hand, energy is necessary for pumping of ground- and surface water, for water treatment as well as for transport and distribution of water to end-users.
The waste water is often returned to the environment after energy requiring waste water management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDTU International Energy Report 2016: The Energy-Water-Food Nexus - from local to global aspects
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark
Publication date2016
Chapter5
ISBN (Print)978-87-550-3973-5
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Larsen, M. A. D., Drews, M., & Gani, R. (2016). Water consumption in the energy sector. In DTU International Energy Report 2016: The Energy-Water-Food Nexus - from local to global aspects Technical University of Denmark.