From Ratcliffe, With Love

To link up this week with ‘Magic Moments’ this week, hosted at The Oliver’s Madhouse, I’m giving you this photograph, that captured a magic moment one June morning nearly two years ago. This heart-shaped plume had formed over the cooling towers of the large generating station at Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Nottinghamshire.

Ratcliffe HeartIt is somewhat symbolic that this should have happened over Ratcliffe. Some years ago, a large sum of money was invested in this station to install flue-gas desulphurisation equipment. This enabled the station to continue to burn British-mined coal with a high sulphur content. The sulphur-containing compounds removed are used in the manufacture of plaster for the building industry. Thus there are benefits to both industry and the environment. Generating capacity at this station is never shut down except for overhaul. It contributes about 2000 megawatts – that’s enough to power a million 2kW electric kettles at once – into the grid, twenty-four hours a day, all year!

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3 Responses to From Ratcliffe, With Love

  1. Jaime Oliver says:

    What a cracking shot! i love it when these moments just creep up on you! thanks for linking up with #magicmoments x

  2. It’s a great picture and nice to know that the station is making such a positive contribution (not as pretty as the cloud, but very useful!).

  3. What a fabulous photo in such a fitting place. I love making pictures out of cloud formations – I could sit on the grass all day and do it :). Thank you so Much for linking up to PoCoLo 🙂 x

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