TREVOSE, Pa. — GE announced that its zero liquid discharge (ZLD) wastewater treatment technology will be installed at two new 758-megawatt natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle power plants in Texas, according to a press release.
In recent years, Texas has been experiencing a drought and by using GE’s ZLD technology, the two power plants, located in Sherman and Temple, Texas will be able to reduce incoming water needs by recycling and reusing more than 98 percent of its own cooling tower wastewater, stated the release.
Once commissioned, the Temple Power Plant, located in Bell County, Texas will use treated water from a nearby wastewater treatment plant, and the Sherman Power Plant, located in Grayson County, Texas will use Lake Texoma as its cooling water source.
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GE’s ZLD systems will treat 450 gallons per minute of water for each power plant, more than 98 percent of which can then be reused in the process, reducing the amount of new water needed from the original sources.
Panda Power Funds owns the two power plants and Bechtel will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor, noted the release.
"Energy and water are two of the world’s most precious resources, and they are interdependent; energy is needed to produce water, and water is needed to produce energy. GE’s zero liquid discharge technology will enable these two power plants to reuse at least 98 percent of water, which is crucial in a region plagued by drought," said Yuvbir Singh, general manager, engineered systems — water and process technologies for GE Power & Water.
Read the entire press release here.