EurekAlert! offers eligible public information officers paid access to a reliable news release distribution service. IMAGE: Bobby Middleton, right, and collaborators developed a more efficient cooling system for power plants. Together with Pat Brady, left, the Sandia National Laboratories researchers are also developing a first-of-its kind… view more  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Electricity production is one of the industries that uses the most water in the country each day. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are helping the largest power plant in the United States identify the most efficient and cost-effective strategies to reduce water use. They developed a first-of-its-kind comprehensive system dynamics analysis that can show power plants with wet cooling systems how it can save them money. The analysis could eventually be used at other plants as federal regulators begin to reduce the power industry’s allowed water supply. The researchers have also redesigned and patented an air cooling system to make waterless cooling more energy efficient and possible over a wider range of operating conditions. The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station near Phoenix conver...