Sunday, 11 May 2014

興達發電廠: The 4 GW Coal-Fired Power Plant In Kaohsiung's Yong'an District

This is the second largest power plant in Taiwan with an installed power capacity of over 4,000 mega-watts. Though it straddles two minor districts of Kaohsiung along the west coast, it can be seen from as far away as Tainan's HSR station.

From the 18mm showing the distance to Hsinta power plant from my location...

From the 250mm showing the two flue towers in focus. Escaping flue gases are just about visible from the left tower as a thin stream of hot, grey air...

I think it is obvious that there will soon be street protests in Taiwan against the existence of coal-burning power plants like this one. Now that nuclear power seems to have been killed off, it is only a matter of time before coal and gas are targeted, irrespective of whatever improvements in emissions reductions have been made or can be made. On a thread at Michael Turton's blog, I was recently informed that I "do not think pollution exists" and that I "deny climate change". Both of which claims are rubbish: obviously and verifiably false. Though I suspect that kind of hypertonic reflex to be common among the anti-nuclear protesters, I wonder how common it may be among the population at large.

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