GE has said it will provide its wastewater treatment technology for two 758MW power plants in Texas, US, to reduce incoming water needs by recycling and reusing over 98% of water from cooling tower wastewater.
Under the contract, GE will provide its brine concentrator and zero liquid discharge (ZLD) crystalliser for the Sherman power plant, and provide its brine concentrator for the Temple power plant.
The ZLD system will treat 450 gallons per minute of water for each power plant, of which over 98% can be reused at the plants and reduce need for new water.
The 758MW Temple power plant, located in Bell County, will use the treated water from a wastewater treatment plant in the vicinity, and the Sherman power plant, located in Grayson County, will use water from Lake Texoma.
GE Power & Water water and process technologies engineered systems general manager Yuvbir Singh said that energy and water are two interdependent and valuable resources.
"GE's zero liquid discharge technology will enable these two power plants to reuse at least 98% of water, which is crucial in a region plagued by drought," Singh added.
Panda Power Funds owns the two power plants and expects the facilities to begin commercial operation by the end of 2014.
Upon completion, the Temple power plant will generate enough electricity to light up about 750,000 homes in the Central Texas area, while the Sherman Power Plant will be able to address power needs of about 750,000 homes in the North Texas area.
Image: GE is to supply water technology for two power plants in Texas, US. Photo courtesy of GE.