Saturday, 3 January 2009

Power to the people.

While walking around the disused American Adventure theme park this morning, Malcolm and I were amazed at the amount of smoke and steam pouring out of the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station on the horizon. In this picture you can see the enormous cooling towers belching their steam. The tall, thin chimney on the left is pouring out smoke - this being a coal-fired power station.The power station is supposed to be one of the most efficient coal fired power stations in the UK, with a total generation capacity of 2,000 megawatts. It produces enough electricity for about 2,000,000 people. More info here. Some idea of the scale of this power station can be had when you realise that from where I took the picture, it is more than 9 miles away!
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