Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Misumi Power Station


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Misumi Power Station, owned by Chugoku Power Company, is where we get most of our electricity from.

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It can generate 1,000,000 Kilowatts by burning coal, though a certain percentage of biomass, local woodchips, are also mixed in.

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I grew up in the industrial heartland of the UK, and my home was located within site of a coal mine and a gasworks, so belching smoke and grimy soot is what I associate with coal power, but Misumi Power Station is white and spotless and very hi-tech.

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The coal mostly comes from Australia and the power stations own ship ferries back and forth every two weeks.

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The storage silo is one of the biggest of its kind in the world and its interior volume is larger than that of Tokyo Dome.

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The whole process is completely automated and there are very few workers. Free guided tours are available.

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1 comment:

  1. our power stations have coal lying on the ground and definitely are not white :-D

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