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(September 21–25, 2005)

Mats Persson

Close Clean, Buy Dirty

Steve Pendleton

Ratcliffe Moorings

River Soar, Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Nottinghamshire, England, UK

September 21st 2005, 18:45 British Summer Time

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Ratcliffe Moorings sits on a canalised stretch of the River Soar alongside one of the largest power stations in the Trent Valley. So as the late summer sun sets and electric lights are switched on, consumption of the energy being produced by nearby Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station increases.

Ratcliffe-on-Soar is coal-fired and located eight miles south-west of Nottingham. The main station consists of four units with a total generator registered capacity of 2000MW. All four units are equipped with wet limestone gypsum Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) plant. In addition there are two auxiliary gas turbine generators providing a further GRC of 34MW.

Atmospheric discharges from the main plant are from a single stack, 200m in height. The FGD plant is designed to remove at least 90% of the SO2 from atmospheric emissions. The FGD plant is also effective in reducing HCl and particulate emissions. NOx emissions are controlled by low-NOx burners.

Cooling water is extracted from and returned to the River Trent. Compliance with strict limits on all discharges to water is enforced, and there are various interceptor arrangements and water treatment plant to control discharge quality. Some 43 different species are routinely monitored before discharge.
Satellite image of the location: http://tinyurl.com/bbkeu

Official information about Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station: http://tinyurl.com/c9kgt

Alternative viewpoint by Friends-of-the-Earth: http://tinyurl.com/ctmg7

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Canon EOS 300D and Sigma 8mm Fisheye. Kaidan Kiwi-L pano head, Manfrotto tripod. 4 images around with hand-held nadir image. Shot Raw, converted in Adobe Camera Raw to 16 bit Tiff. Stitched in PTMac to equirectangular image, cube faces created in CubicConverter. Nadir patched into bottom cube face in Photoshop and final movie then created in CubicConverter.

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