Thursday, January 7, 2010

Water scarcity = Energy crisis


As water being the basic element needed for the process of energy production, it needs proper utilization ensuring zero wastage as most of the energy productions make heavy use of water. In Saudi Arabia, oil sites pump more water to increase the base reservoir pressure than the oil it generates. As per the U.S Department of Energy, an oil shale needs more than 6 gallons of water to produce about 1 gallon gasoline, whereas a conventional crude needs just about 2 to 2.5 gallons water to produce a gallon of gasoline.

The production of a gallon of corn ethanol also needs about 3.45 gallons of water, as per the U.S ethanol industry, the Renewable Fuels Association. This therefore concludes that other substitute fuel is also water intensive.

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