Mosslands STEM scholars visit Fiddlers Ferry Power station
Today we went to Fiddlers Ferry Power station, which is a coal fired power station. Here, we learnt some fabulous information about how electricity is produced!
The Mosslands STEM scholars recently visited Fiddlers Ferry Power Station, here is their review of the day.
Today we went to Fiddlers Ferry Power station, which is a coal fired power station. Here, we learnt some fabulous information about how electricity is produced! They told us that after burning the special coal (coal without sulphur) to produce the steam, that turns the turbines, that then produces the electricity, all remaining materials even after burning can be sold to make a profit. They showed us the lagoons they create to reduce pollution and that they are also a great place for wild life. Lloyd Naylor 7F1
Our second activity was a World class tour of the power station which involved us going round the massive cooling towers, following the pylons and best of all being allowed into the space age control room! James Smyth-Tutill 7F2
At Fiddlers Ferry Power station they also use natural biomass fuels including olive trees which are a little smelly but good because they never run out. Fiddlers Ferry burns twenty tonnes of coal an hour which produces a lot of ash (fly ash and heavy ash) but this does not go to waste as they manage to collect it and then sell it to make breeze blocks and surface roads.
The coal they burn in Fiddlers Ferry has a long way to come before being used, they bring it from countries like Columbia, America and Russia – they don’t use British coal because it has too much sulphur in it. The sulphur in coal can make acid rain and cause climate change. Finley Groom 7G1
Fiddlers Ferry Power station is one of the oldest still working in this country and its cooling towers are taller than Blackpool Tower! Dylan Ray 7F1
The story goes that Fiddlers Ferry was given its name because a ferry used to cross the Mersey close by and people used to play the fiddle on the ferry!