The inside of a power station: a 500 mega-watt unit

This much I know.

That duct-looking thing at the top left is where the pulverised coal comes in, I think (the single thing you’re guaranteed to hear about the coal used in a coal-fired power station is that “it’s ground as fine as face powder”).

The big rectangular thing to the right of the duct is the boiler.

Near the extreme right of the picture is the turbine (the three cylinders).

And the bits inbetween? Um… Pipes, mostly.



  1. #1 by SpofforthPhotography on May 30, 2011 - 12:26 am

    Some of the women I know need face powder as rough as coal in it’s first mined state to even out their wrinkles!!

  2. #2 by The Assommoir on May 30, 2011 - 10:47 am

    I’m still waiting to hear your thoughts on the French Elvis…

  3. #3 by Mick Rocket on May 30, 2011 - 12:29 pm

    The Susan Boyle of Power Stations – cracking pipes.

  4. #4 by The Assommoir on May 30, 2011 - 9:05 pm

    You may have hit on an interesting idea there, Mick: women’s names for power station units, as per Scunthorpe steel works’ blast furnaces. Sadly, Cottam’s units are named the rather less exotic 1, 2, 3 and Gloria.

    I’m joking, obviously.

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