"In a conventional power plant, conveyor belts haul 20,000 tons of coal a
day into a blast furnace."
It is reported that the average coal train is 100 cars long, or a mile long,
and each car holds 100 tons.
It seems that the average coal-fired facility burns 20,000 tons of coal per
day or the equivalent of 200 carloads of coal per day; two one mile long
trainloads of coal.
Most power plants have stated that they have a thirty day inventory of fuel.
That would mean that they have the equivalent of 30X200 cars of coal on
hand. In other words, they maintain that they have what amounts to 60 one
mile long train loads of coal.
Where could they possibly store that amount of coal?
Four years ago, I spent over a year working on the construction of the
Clover, *ia, coal fired plant. I never thought to ask how much coal was
in that big pile. But, I can tell you this..... There is no way on this
green earth that it is even close to ten one mile long trainloads of coal.
I am not tlking about second hand knowledge. I am talking about first hand
If I approximated the size of the coal yard, it would be about, oh, 150
When the dozers were spreading out the coal, it was to a depth, of about
oh...maybe twenty feet.
There is no possible way that that yard could even begin to hold thirty days
of coal much less the entire premises.
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