Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Misumi Power Station


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


1 comment:

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