Anyway, I donned my new pink hard hat (after giving Dave the plant technician a short lecture about gender stereotypes, although secretly I was thrilled to get out of the boring white one!), and I discovered this particular power plant burns gas to make electricity. Gas releases around half the carbon emissions of coal when burned to make electricity – TICK!
Mortlake Power Station is also used as a ‘peaking power station’, which means it’s fired up during what are known as ‘peak times’ in the biz. Peak times generally occur in the morning as we all wake up and start using electricity, and again after work when we all come home and switch on our ovens, dryers, dishwashers and our many other appliances. Basically, this power station puts more electricity into the grid right when it’s most needed.
I had no idea a gas power plant was such an intricate system, let alone a solution to a huge problem.
Because the plant wasn’t fired up during my visit, I was given a VIP tour inside an actual generator! It’s a massive piece of machinery and the very backbone of converting gas into the electricity we use every day.
So, come inside and take a look for yourself. Oh, and see what Dave makes for the monthly lunch special …
Day 4 - Using gas for electricity generation