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Visiting Drax power plant

The cooling towers of the Drax power plant

Drax power plant is the biggest in the United Kingdom, with about 4,000MW capacity provided by six 670MW units. It used to run only on coal, but one of the units is now fully run on biomass, with a second one on 95:5 biomass-coal mix. This is driven through environmental concerns. I visited this place with my fellow trainees for an on-site case study.

Readying to go inside the plant

While most people were familiar with the concept of thermal power plants, the fact that such a high-capacity unit could be run solely on biomass, and that it's utilizing condensers installed in parallel to the turbines instead on the bottom were met with fascination. All in all, an interesting insights to how UK is moving forward with its generation.
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