Frank Ellis


Energy self-sufficiency or independence from foreign oil imports depends critically on the yet undeveloped domestic fossil fuel resources, particularly for the production of heat, which can be utilized in the conventional and technically feasible thermal energy cycles of steam-electric generators and prime movers, which can easily be replicated. An integral facet of the complex domestic energy development undertaking is the availability of water that may be required to convert the vast domestic coal and oil shale resources into usable energy forms. An orderly utilization of water resources must receive attention if sufficient development of fossil- fuel conversion energy systems is to materialize. Also, the water requirements of alternative energy sources, such as nuclear fast-breeder reactors and solar energy, which have not yet been demonstrated to be commercially viable, must be reviewed critically.

Meeting Name

3rd Annual UMR-MEC Conference on Energy (1976: Oct. 12-14, Rolla, MO)

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings


Environmental Constraints and Energy

Document Version

Final Version

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© 1977 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Publication Date

14 Oct 1976