Environmental impacts of power stations

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

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