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23-12-11, 01:45 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire border
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Thanks a lot Nick for the feedback. :-) Does the steam from these polute the atmosphere or is it safer than most industrial vapours?
There shouldn't be
pollution to the atmosphere from these cooling towers.* The towers are used to condensate and recover water from the steam that has been used on the heat exchanger of a power or chemical plant. The water used is in a separate system to the water/steam used to drive the turbines, so shouldn't become contaminated/irradiated.
Ah ha, just found a good diagram to show how the systems work -
and here is some more information about nuclear cooling towers
* I'm not sure if water vapour is classified a pollutant to the atmosphere, but as clouds are made of the same stuff, I doubt it.
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