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it is burned to heat water to steam, to turn turbines, which turn generators to make electricity.

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What is the difference between nuclear and steam and hydroelectric power plants?

These are things that are not comparable. Nuclear power refers to the fuel, just as natural gas, coal, or oil would. Steam refers to how the fuel is used, and the fuel might be natural gas, coal, oil, or nuclear; an alternative to steam would be to use natural gas or oil to power a turbine directly.


Is a nuclear power plant and power plant the same?

Power plants come in various different types depending on the fuel used, coal, natural gas, oil, wind, solar and so on. Nuclear is one type of power plant in this general category.


The huntly power station uses gas and to produce electrcity?

It used to use coal. I don't think it has been converted to gas powered but not sure on that.


How efficient are conventional power plants?

Efficiency of power plants is usually measured as a ratio of the total amount of electrical power produced divided by the total amount of heat generated, expressed as a percentage. Thus, if a power plant produces 100 MWh thermal, and this is converted to 38 MWh of electricity, the plant is 38% efficient. Most power plants are 35% to 40% efficient. This is true for nuclear as well as fossil fuel plants. Some plants are much more efficient. A natural gas plant, used in a situation with cogeneration, can be as much as 65% efficient. The lost heat is put into the environment and is referred to as thermal pollution.


How much would you save if you built a nuclear power plant?

Figures published on website www.world-nuclear.org show that the projected overall cost of electric power from nuclear plants is similar to that from fossil fuelled plants (coal or natural gas). Nuclear plants cost more to build but the fuel costs are lower, so they need to be run at full power whenever possible.

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Can you use natural gas for electric power production?

Yes. Natural gas is used all the time for the production of electricity. Typically, natural gas power plants are small, on-demand plants which are used during periods of peak demand. These power plants are called 'peaker plants'. Natural gas is also used by most standby generators.


What fossil fuels are used in power plants?

All fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) are used in power plants.


What is natural gas used for in kansas?

Power Abilities Power Resources


What is the difference between nuclear and steam and hydroelectric power plants?

These are things that are not comparable. Nuclear power refers to the fuel, just as natural gas, coal, or oil would. Steam refers to how the fuel is used, and the fuel might be natural gas, coal, oil, or nuclear; an alternative to steam would be to use natural gas or oil to power a turbine directly.


What are the different types of electricity according to their sources?

Electricity produced from:Fossil power plants (Coal, natural gas, oil fueled power plants)Renewable power plants (solar, wind, biomass, ... )nuclear power plants


What is ethane used for?

a natural gas to power tons of stuff


What is oil and natural gas used for?

To power homes and businesses


Can Natural gas be used in Colorado?

Yes, natural gas is used in Colorado both in private residences and businesses to generate heat and in electrical plants to generate electricity.


Where does natural gas get its power from?

where does natural gas gets its power from, the sun.


What is the energy released from the natural gas used for?

Heating, Power generation.


How are fossil fuels used to generate energy?

Fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) are burnt in vehicles and electricity power plants. This releases the energy.


What do fossil fuel like coal oil and natural gas production connection with eletricity?

Electricity is generated in power plants; those power plants need some energy source. One option for such an energy source is fossil fuel like coal, oil, and natural gas.