Fossil Fuels

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How is electricity generated?

A. Coal (gas, oil, or waste material) heats water to produce steam

B. The steam turns a turbine

C. The turbine turns the generator which makes electricity

D. Electric pylons carry the electricity to our homes and schools

E. Steam cools in a condenser and turns back into water to be re-heated in the boiler

About 30% of the UK's electricity is generated using coal and roughly 1% using oil.

Is there a power station near you?

Can you arrange a visit?

Not all of them have tall chimneys and cooling towers so they may not be all that easy to spot.

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