Nuclear industry, cooling tower interior

Nuclear industry, cooling tower interior

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Credit: PATRICK LANDMANN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cooling tower interior. View looking down the inside of a cooling tower at a nuclear-powered uranium enrichment factory. Cooling towers are used to dispose of waste heat from industrial processes. The waste energy is absorbed by water, which is sprayed into the cooling tower where it evaporates. Some of the water condenses and is reused, and some is lost as water vapour into the atmosphere. Disposing of excess heat into the atmosphere is more efficient than discharging hot water into rivers and lakes. This cooling tower is several hundred metres tall. Photographed in 2004, at Eurodif's George Besse factory, at the Tricastin site in southern France.

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