For a variety of reasons, I’ve been starting to pay attention of late to the water-energy nexus. Which is why this drew my eye:
According to news reports, Tampa is reviewing a request from Port Sutton EnviroFuels LCC for up to 500,000 gallons of freshwater per day to run Florida’s first Ethanol production plant. The facility today would be the city’s fifth-largest water customer, bigger than Tampa General Hospital, the University of South Florida or Busch Gardens. It is planned for the plant to transition to reclaimed water as the primary water source in the future.
Consumptive water use by ethanol plants largely comes from evaporation during cooling and wastewater discharge.