The Role of Water in the Production of Energy

Revised November 2016

This revised ROCK is concerned with the role of water as one of the many sources of energy. Other sources include solid fuels, oil, natural gas, nuclear, biofuels and waste, together with smaller contributions from geothermal, solar, wind and heat.

The original ROCK was published in 2013 and was largely based upon published data available at the time. This mainly referred to conditions in 2010. The purpose of this revision is to update the information for an energy market which is changing with time. Data is now available from governmental sources for the years 2013 and 2014 but, to some extent, conclusions are clouded by changes in the definition of renewable / non-renewable fuels.

The latter half of this ROCK describes the methods which are used to extract energy from water. These methods remain largely unchanged in recent years.

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