Electric Power Generation: A Nontechnical Guide / Edition 1

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Overview

Unlike more technical texts stuffed with formulae and theories, this book explains in plain English how power is created and replaces formulae with everyday examples and easy-to-understand illustrations.

It opens with an explanation of how electricity is generated, then covers the planning and development of electric power stations, emphasizing modern considerations of merchant power plants, repowering, and the growth of gas turbine generation. The "facts" of generation are covered in part two—boilers, turbines, generators, hydro and pumped storage, and "alternative" generations sources, suchs geothermal, tidal, solar, and wind. Maintenance and operations are covered in basic overview format. Finally, environmental considerations—again, an increasing concern in light of deregulation and environmental law—are reviewed.

In addition, the authors cover specific features and fuel-types in nontechnical terms. Industry newcomers will appreciate this clear explanation of how power is created.

"...all phases of contemporary power generation are explained from the basics of electricity to planning & development of power stations; fuels & fuel handling; boiling, turbines, generators, operation & maintenance."

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An explanation of the creation and delivery of electrical power. Physics and mathematical equations are kept to a minimum (although some are included). The material covers different types of power generation (nuclear, geothermal, gas turbine, etc.) and discusses considerations of plant construction. A number of not very useful phonographs are included along with explanatory diagrams. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878147533
  • Publisher: PennWell Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 337
  • Sales rank: 1,285,401
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents


• Introduction
• Electricity
• Planning and development of electric power stations
• Electric power generation
• Maintenance, operations, and transmission and distribution
• Ecological and environmental considerations and safety
• Appendix (Net generation from U.S. electric utilities by energy source, census division, and state)
• Glossary
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