Problem

Environmental impacts of power stations


Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Degradation of the environment from electrical power generation
Nature:

Electricity generation in large centralized installations, whether using fossil fuel or nuclear power, has several environmental impacts. It is thermodynamically inevitable that about 60% of the heat energy generated is 'waste' and, unless it can be used as low-grade heat to warm buildings nearby, it has to be released into the environment.

Other waste by-products of electricity generation include emissions into the air of polluting gases.

Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
28.03.2016 – 13:45 CEST