Every time you switch on a light you are tapping into electrical energy. Where did that energy come from? From Power Plants! Learn all about how Power Plants work at Bright Hub’s Mechanical Engineering Channel. Is nuclear power dangerous? Is solar power possible? What are tidal power plants? Find the answers to all your questions about how electrical energy is generated, alternative energy sources and more!
Biomass has low bulk density, high moisture, and low energy density. Converting it to pellets makes it more portable and easily usable. Pelletization has advantages for both wood producers and power plant operations.
Science and science-fiction often refer to terms such as antiparticles, positrons, antimatter spaceships, etc. All this matter-antimatter thing may be a little confusing to the non-expert. This article will make an attempt to clarify what is real and what is not.
Combustion of fossil fuels produces water, which is expelled as waste along with the flue gas. This article tells you how much water forms during combustion and how we can capture this water for utility purposes.
Natural gas contains about 80% methane and 20% or so of other hydrocarbons. It is found in on/off-shore oil and gas fields as well as shale oil deposits. The main source of NG is presently from the reservoirs in oil and gas fields where it is piped to the surface for processing to pure methane.
Natural gas has become pretty common in our everyday lives, but it is not completely safe. What are the hazards and how likely is a gas leak to occur? The article describes precaution measures that can be taken by using proper natural gas leak detection systems.
The burning of coal results in the emission of polluting gases, mostly carbon dioxide. Clean coal technologies promise the reduction of this dangerous pollutant and a cleaner environment despite the burning of coal. Is this promise solid enough to justify this ambitious energy goal?
Fossil fuels are indeed the top fuels used all over the world for generating power and electricity. Among the fossil fuels, coal is the most widely used fuel in power plants. Coal fired plants use different kinds of machinery that convert heat energy produced from combustion into mechanical energy.
It is hard not to have come across about what happened in Japan on March 11th. The earthquake of magnitude 9.0 triggered another incident that may have been as disastrous as the damage caused by the earthquake- the Fukushima I nuclear accident- raising questions about the future nuclear energy.
Natural gas has become very popular during the last few years due to its daily use in our homes. Read this article to discover how extensive the use of gas is and the respective advantages and disadvantages of its use.
If you need a quick solution to your energy needs and you are in short of project financing, installing used power plant equipment may be the answer. Read on to find about what you should know when buying used power plant equipment.
All objects in the universe resonate at their natural frequency when excited. This can cause catastrophic failures in structures, machines, and components. How is this relevant in a power plant scenario? Read about these failures …
Gas engines are a more economical and environmentally friendly choice for low output power, generation using gaseous fuels. This article describes the functioning of gas engines and looks at how they score over gas turbines in the low output range.
How cold fusion process can be triggered or replicated is the big question. Production of energy without production of radioactive waste and radioactivity at room temperature looks like a dream. If the claims are verified we may be able to provide a small cold fusion generator for every home.
New motivations have resulted in a number of tenders to construct small hydropower projects in the U.S. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Security Program for Small Hydropower Projects is implementing welcome change to assist in the licensing procedure.
While nuclear reactors are very complex, powerful pieces of equipment, they operate according to just a few basic principles. With an understanding of the basic theory behind nuclear reactors, even a layman can learn to address the issues surrounding modern nuclear technology.
Generating electricity without smoke and pollution is no longer impossible. Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology has the potential to power this planet without polluting it. Why is SOFC called “solid" oxide? Is it commercially feasible?
Rechargeable batteries probably can be considered the best power-storing devices for various forms of renewable energy, but compressed air energy storage is also promising and should not be overlooked. Unlike batteries these systems are cheaper, lighter, and, most importantly, permanent.