Climate variability and water security for power generation

Adam M. Wyatt*, Stewart Franks

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

A reliable supply of fresh water is a critical component of coal fired power generation. During periods when water supplies are reduced, power generation may be limited, with obvious impacts on power consumers. Using the reconstructed historical streamflow series contained in the IQQM water allocation model, and simple water balance modelling, the water supply security of the Bayswater Power Station in the Hunter Valley, Australia, is assessed. The study revealed that the supply of water to the Bayswater Power Station is sensitive to extended dry periods, with some historical periods experiencing water shortfalls so severe that the station would be shut down without alternative water supplies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHydro-Climatology
Subtitle of host publicationVariability and Change
Pages233-238
Number of pages6
Volume344
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2011
EventHydro-climatology - Variability and Change Symposium, part of the 25th International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics General Assembly, IUGG 2011 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Duration: 28 Jun 20117 Jul 2011

Conference

ConferenceHydro-climatology - Variability and Change Symposium, part of the 25th International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics General Assembly, IUGG 2011
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne, VIC
Period28/06/117/07/11

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