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Power Plants Use Big Machinery To Energize The Population

Tue, Dec 29, 2009

Global Energy, Renewable Power

Power Plants Use Big Machinery To Energize The Population

The Immense Dimensions Of Power Facility Equipment Can Be Astounding.      

Most power plant installations are huge building that house very big bits of equipment and the absolute proportions of some of these apparatuses are enough to bowl you over. With that in mind, let us take a look at how these power plants produce electrical current.

How Power Plants Generate Electrical Power

Even though electrical power facilities use differing processes to produce power, they all share some common doctrines in that direction. Somehow, each method deploys the use of a turbine, which is connected to an electrical generator. Nuclear power facilities and fossil fuel burning plants each use heated water to produce steam, which then turns the turbine that makes the generator work. In a wind tower or hydroelectric system, the water or wind will turn their own turbines, which produce electricity.

The Components That Make It Function

Steam Turbines

As was discussed earlier, steam turbines are used to aid the function of generators in fossil fuel power plants and nuclear facilities. Those turbines can be as heavy as two hundred tons and they are as long as one hundred feet in length. From an angle of perspective here, think about an average elephant weighing in at about five tons. These massive turbines are so huge that they require constant movement, even when idle from production, to avoid becoming bent.

Cooling Towers

One more large component in a power facility is the cooling tower. The cooling tower is largely seen as a silent sentry at nuclear plants often spewing white steam, but they are a significant part of all power plants that depend on steam turbines to function. The cooling towers are a piece of the puzzle in a power plant that is engineered to handle waste heat released from the plant. These cooling structures can be as high as five hundred feet with a diameter of more than two hundred and fifty feet. Structures that are this enormous are often impractical. That means many plants will be located near to a natural water system where they let nature do the cooling. However, this can cause ecological problems with the rise in water temperatures that disturb the natural order of the body of water used.

The Large Components Are Just A Small Piece Of The Power Puzzle

These largest of pieces in a power facility are only a few of the components required to make the plant operational. Fossil fuel structures utilize a furnace to burn fuel that creates the heat. They also need boilers where they then transfer the heat to generate the steam necessary to wind up the turbines. Some plants have certain mechanical apparatuses used to deal with issues, which are specific to their mode of power generation. Whatever the type of power plant that is in operation, one thing remains certain, the dimensions of the machinery required to create electrical current will be huge and well maintained.

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