Water Use and Efficiency in Thermal Power Plants

August 2012 | Water
"FICCI-HSBC Knowledge Initiative" involves publication of best practices on water conservation across various sectors. The first compilation in the Knowledge Initiative series comprises a background paper on Water Use in Thermal Power Plants and best practices from 5 major power companies part of the FICCI Power committee.

The thermal power sector accounts for the highest water use amongst all industrial sectors. Rising power demand will mean greater generation; this in turn would lead to high water consumption. The standing committee of MoWR predicts a three times increase in water demand for the Thermal power Sector during the time period 2010-2050.

The case studies included in the publication demonstrate the efforts of Indian Power companies (namely Adani Power, Essar Power, Jindal Power, NTPC, and TATA Power) who have undertaken large scale measures on water conservation through rainwater harvesting and reduced their fresh water intake through desalination and wastewater treatment and reuse. These initiatives in addition to creating environmental benefits also lead to economic gains as is evident from the experience of our members.

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