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!
Carbon onions are multi-shelled structures that consist of concentric graphitic layers and a hollow core in their center. Recent research has shown that their employment in ultracapacitor technology has great potential.
Heat Transfer Fluid (HTF) pumps are used to pump fluids through the heat collection system of large mirror tract and concentrated solar power (CSP) plants. They are normally centrifugal pumps, and circulate fluids like synthetic oil and molten salt at high temperature, pressure, flow rate, and head.
Electrical Shock Hazard boundaries are of three types: Limited Approach Boundary, Restrictive Approach Boundary, and Prohibitive Approach Boundary. The boundaries are decided using NFPA 70 E Table 130.2 C and the shock appraisal chart. The other hazards of electricity are arc flash and arc blast.
Electricity or energy storage in bulk quantity may be done by a pumped storage hydro power plant. Used mines filled with water may be used. Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind may be used to pump water, and stored water’s gravitational energy may be utilized during peak hours.
Which country generates most of it electricity from nuclear energy power plants? Which country has the most number of nuclear energy power plants? How many countries have nuclear energy power plants? Read this article to get your questions and many more questions answered.
The use of nanoparticles and nanomaterials in fuel cells has provided a hope for a greener environment. However, there are potential risks that should be taken into account if we want to make accurate assessments for the future.
This article discusses power harvesting, energy scavenging, and other energy harvesting technologies like radio frequency energy harvesting, solar energy harvesting, and different applications like powering wireless networks.
The applications of nanotechnology for energy are many. Nanotechnology batteries and nanotechnology solar are in advanced stages of development. Through using nanotechnology other physical phenomena are also used to produce and store energy.
This article contains a brief history of the design of the Tesla turbine, which is a bladeless turbine invented by Nikola Tesla in 1908 to 1913. Materials limitations prevented the turbine from gaining mainstream acceptance then, but modern technology may make the Tesla turbine due for a comeback.
Boiler tube leakage is a major cause of outage and generation loss in thermal power plants. Detection of boiler tube leakage is a very important factor for power plant functioning. Power plant engineers must remain vigilant about boiler tube leaks to avoid secondary damage to pressure parts.
We must not blame poor quality coal for clinker formation and deposition in boilers. Instead we take proper precautions such as poking, flushing by providing more water in the hopper, soot blowing by injecting steam to remove soot deposits on water wall, and making our clinker grinders operational.
There have been numerous suggestions made regarding sequestration of carbon dioxide, which range from storage in redundant offshore oil and gas reservoirs to unusable coalmines and deep oceans. However, scientists believe that microbes found in underground saline aquifers could be the way forward.
Oil shale is the name given to sedimentary rocks that contain kerogen, a solid bituminous substance which produces hydrocarbons when heated. Oil shale was formed in the same manner as crude oil, but did not have a sufficient amount of time, heat, and pressure applied to form a crude oil reservoir.
Uranium – 235 is currently used as fuel in the world’s nuclear reactors, producing High Level Wastes such as Plutonium-238 (half life 87 yrs). However, when irradiated Thorium-232 is used as a fuel, it is projected to produce up to 10,000 times less long-lived radioactive waste than uranium-235.