A YouTube viewer asked a question on my Memorial Day Video that required a more detailed answer.
Question: “What kind of power plants are generating all this water vapor? I live near Asheville NC where there is currently a coal plant. There the smoke dissipates almost immediately upon leaving the stack. The output doesn't look anything like what your videos show. I'm guessing that they are natural gas power plants.”
Answer: Good question. The type of power plant (as in fuel source) isn’t really a determining factor. Pretty much any power plant can be fitted with WSACs (Wet Surface Air Coolers) which are the main Water Vapor Generators. In fact, it’s useful to answer this question in some detail.
The (stated) purpose of WSACs at power plants is to re-condense the ‘working fluid’ steam that drives the turbine, back into liquid, so that it can go through the process again. However, there is a gaping logical hole in this explanation.
For starters, the purpose of re-condensing the working fluid that drives the steam turbine (presumably water), is to conserve that fluid (water). This is why that portion of the system is called a “Closed Loop” system. This is supposed to mean that no water is wasted in the process.
However, the way a WASC works, is by having that working fluid pas through bundles of small tubes, and having massive amounts of Open System water sprayed on the tubes to cool off the working fluid, but much of that Open System water that is sprayed on the tubes is turned into steam itself from the heat (Water Vapor), which is vented into the atmosphere via the huge banks of blower fans that WSACs are comprised of. Therefore, there is nothing “Closed Loop” about the system as a whole, and certainly no water is ‘conserved’ via this cooling method.
Second of all, why would this cooling method be necessary at a coal power plant at all? Presumably one can see the logic in using these facilities at a nuclear plant where working fluid comes in direct contact with the reactor (and thus radiation), but what would be the point at a plant where the water is boiled by burning coal? Without radiation risk, all the WSAC is doing at a coal plant, is using water to condense steam back into water, while creating a lot more steam (Water Vapor) that is vented into the atmosphere in the process. This is the only purpose the WSACs serve, and this is why I recognize it as strictly a geoengineering one. As Jeff Gates says “There is an old saying is Systems Science: The purpose of a system, is what it does.” This is what these WSACs do… period.
The coal power plant I assume you are refereeing to (Asheville Coal Power Plant 35°28'17.04"N - 82°32'35.16"W) is a rare example of a coal power plant without any WSACs at all… or at least that is what it appears as on Google Earth.
However, I created a graphic to show comparison. The Asheville Coal Power Plant doesn’t show any WSACs, but it does show the area – where the WSACs would go. It is quite possible that they have subsequently been built (since that particular satellite image was taken), so you might want to personally go see for yourself. If you do so, pictures or video would be nice.
In this graphic, I also show the next largest Coal Power Plant to the South of Asheville (Cliffside, North Carolina). As you can see, this Coal Power Plant has four huge rows of WSACs. Bear in mind, there is no operational reason for these WSACs to exist at a coal power plant – as far as power generation is concerned.
Next, I show another Coal Power Plant with the giant circular WSACs that they use at nuclear power plants. Again – no reason for these facilities at a Coal Power Plant.
Finally I show an example of the WSAC farms at the California Geothermal Plants. Here, there is the least reason for these facilities to exist of all power plants. The ‘theory’ of Geothermal is to use the hot water / steam from deep in the ground to turn the turbine, and then re-condense that geothermal steam back into water – by sending it back down to the source… thus conserving all of it. What “logical” reason would there be to have these massive WSAC farms spraying millions of gallons of water on tubes filled with geothermal steam, which vent all of the newly created steam into the atmosphere via the WSAC blower fans? Quite obviously, there wouldn’t be any purpose in it whatsoever – unless creating that steam (Water Vapor) was exactly the intended purpose. “The purpose of a system is what it does.”
I hope that answers your question. There is also considerably more detailed information on the subject in my article below:
Cooling Tower Effects on Atmospheric Conditions weatherwar101.com/index.php/geoengineering/effect-of-cooling-towers