Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Christian Buck - Alternative Energy

Christian Buck
5/2/06

Power plants all have similar components. They have a generator, a turbine energy source and an output. Often steam spins huge turbines, like in coal and nuclear power plants. In a hydroelectric plant, water from a reservoir rushes through a small opening spinning a turbine at the bottom of a chute (see fig.1).
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The turbine in all power plants is hooked to the generator, which spins; creating huge amounts of electricity that is connected to power lines.

In a nuclear plant, a reactor heats water to an extreme heat that spins the turbine. Coal power works the same, except that coal is the fuel that is burned to heat the water. See fig.2.
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