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Cogentrix or otherwise known as the DC Battle Steam Plant is a coal fired power plant The plant was erected in July of 1989 It has two 60-megawatt generators which allow for as much as 120 megawatts of capacity to be produced This facility provides North Carolina Power with 115 megawatts of capacity and delivers an average of 40000 pounds of steam to Abbott Laboratories Pharmaceutical manufacturing plant per hour This is enough electricity to light six million common light bulbs This plant is actually controlled automatically by computers in Richmond Va We actually saw they huge pile of coal which is unloaded by conveyor belts from the train It goes to a tower in which has gates to evenly spread it out The plant receives 1300 to 1400 tons of coal a day They store enough coal to supply twenty-five days worth of electricity These huge conveyors then take the coal up to the top deck to be placed into the burners From here the coal I put into the burners where it is burnt In the burner the temperature reaches 925 at 1600 pounds per square inch After the coal is burnt there is a lot of ashes left The Bottom ash is deposited into the hopper and is then made into cinder block The flyash which goes up into the air is collected by steam tubes and is then sent back through to be burnt again All the other ash left gets pushed into a scrubber outside of the plant The scrubber scrubbers or cleans 90 percent of the sulfur dioxide produced It has to by law All the residue from the scrubber is then reused as structural fill This was a very clean and efficient plant Every six months this plant is shut down so they can come in and clean everything It only takes a high school diploma to work at these plants There is very good
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