The center is the only facility in the world dedicated to testing techniques and methodologies to manage water used for power generation, according to Tom Banks, plant manager for Plant Bowen. Researchers will be exploring how to reduce the amount of water needed to make electricity and what to do with the byproducts of the process, according to a report in the Rome News-Tribune.
"I'm convinced there will be dramatic changes that will come about, that will fundamentally change how we make the product that we sell," Banks told the newspaper.
Georgia Power Co. partnered with the Electric Power Research Institute, the Southern Research Institute and 14 other companies on the project. A dedication ceremony was held this week.
"This is the right place to do it," said Georgia Power Co. President Paul Bowers. "It's absolutely the right thing to do."
Georgia Power Co. contributed $6 million for the project, while the Electric Power Research Institute provided a matching $6 million, the newspaper said. Ten partners already have technological demonstrations in varying stages of study.
Arshad Mansoor, senior vice president for research and development with the Electric Power Research Institute, said the project carries the possibility of taking innovative technologies and applying them to the real world.
"We want to make sure that electricity is reliable, affordable and sustainable for customers," Mansoor said.
Information from: Rome News-Tribune, http://www.romenews-tribune.com
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