Water Research Center

Female: The Water Research Center is housed here at Plant Bowen, but it’s not just an effort of Southern Company and Georgia Power. It’s an industry-wide resource for testing new technologies focused on water conservation. There’s multiple investors, multiple hands, and we’re all excited to see what the results are going to be.

Male: Southern Research Institute is the operator of the Water Research Center, so we develop and conduct all the research activities for the various technologies brought here onsite. Water is the new air.

Male: Our job is to conduct bench-scale and pilot-scale experiments for the water issues in the power industry.

Female: So, we’re testing different areas. We’re testing how different technologies can clean water, how different technologies can save evaporation of water. We can actually recover moisture out of the coal that’s brought in and that’s produced as part of combustion. So, there’s a lot of different things we’re testing not only on water quality but also water quantity.

Male: The whole purpose of the Water Research Center is to test technologies and determine which ones will really work so the industry can have a well-tested method to go forward with.

Male: The Water Research Center is the first of its kind research and development facility for water-based research.

Female: It’s been in the works for a couple of years now, but we’re finally seeing progress onsite, which is very exciting. We started out first unit up summer of 2012, our second unit up January 2013. This summer’s going to be very exciting. We’ll have five projects up and running. We’ll be testing. We’ll be researching, and we’ll be learning all these pilot units and how -- how they focus on water conservation.