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Power Plants

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Power plants and types


Power in the world has developed drastically with the help of scientist, engineers and natural resources. Plants such as hydro-electric, coal, nuclear, wind, and geothermal all vary with different sources all obtaining the same source, that being power, or a certain type of electricity. With these plants our world is becoming more and more advanced each day.
A hydro-electric power plant used in the United States, numbers in about 80,000 dams of which only 2,400 produce power. This power source is used to turn a fan like piece called a turbine, which then turns a metal shaft in an electric generator, which is the motor that produces electricity.

Similar to the hydro-electric power plant there is the Coal power plant. These two work in similar says except instead of turning fan like turbines with water, it uses steam. There are 1436 coal-powered plants in the U.S.

In a Nuclear power plant water is turned into steam, which in turn drives turbine generators to produce electricity. There are four operating nuclear power plants in Texas. 2 in Glen Rose, and 2 in Bay City.  

A wind power plant is built as a basic (giant fan). Its structure is made of a visible turbine that gets spun around with the power of wind. There are thousand located in the U.S. Driving around even in the state of Texas there are copious amounts of these types of power plants located in both rural and urban cities. These, to even someone like me are probably the most abundant and even most useful source of energy, being that wind is always going to be around.

A geothermal resource requires fluid, heat and permeability in order to generate electricity. It requires the dry steam from below ground is used directly in the steam turbines. The United States currently leads the world’s countries in installed geothermal energy capacity with approximately 3,187 operating geothermal plants.
 
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