Plant Capacity Factor
“How can we determine the potential used by a power-plant during a given period of time?”
Power plants are capable of generating a certain amount of energy. But only so much of it actually gets used. The ratio of energy used/potential energy is known as the Plant Capacity Factor. A simple way to conceive of the plant capacity factor is to think about the amount you can study in an hour compared to how much you study. Although you might be able to study a lot in an hour, the amount you actually study determines your efficiency!
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“Are there companies dedicated to providing renewable energy?”
ESCOs are great for providing energy access. ESCOs that provide energy exclusively from renewable energy sources are known as RESCOs and are pivotal for the next energy paradigm.
Energy Service Companies
“How can a company provide energy solutions?”
Energy is just as dependent on economics as physics. As a result, electricity needs to be generated and distributed through a variety of manners. One of through an Energy Service Company, a commercial or non-profit organization that provides a vast array of energy services whether it be service implementation or retrofitting.
The UK to Shutter Its Last Coal Plant by 2025
“Will Britain really be coal-free by 2025?”
Recently, the United Kingdom has announced that it will shutter its last coal plant by 2025 to combat climate change and air pollution. We at Isaac’s Science Blog welcome this move and are very happy to see the U.K move forward boldly in its climate plans.
Something to think about when you turn on the lights.
“What’s a really trippy fact about when you turn on the lights?”
When turning on the lights, it’s easy to think that the electricity just magically appears. But something much more complex is actually happening. Everytime you activate an electrical appliance, electrons need to be generated and sent directly to transmission. This means that all the electricity you receive is brand new! This only happens if there is no storage present on the gird however. Just something to think about when you turn on the lights.
“How can we measure the acceleration of an object?”
Acceleration can be one of the most important things for an engineer to measure. But we will need a tool to accomplish this. This is how we can use accelerometers, which measure the stresses on piezoelectric material to determine acceleration.
“How can we measure angular velocity and distance traveled?”
When working with machines that undergo angular movement such as motors, it is very useful to know their rotational velocity. This can be accomplished with the use of Gyroscopes. The velocity of a gyroscope can be integrated to find the distance traveled.
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