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Power generation

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Analysis at work:
Producing Electricity


Oil is a liquid fossil fuel and is formed from layers and layers of buried animals and plants that have been under a lot of heat and pressure over a long time. Oil is a non-renewable resource as it cannot be produced on human time frame.  

Oil is used for many things; it’s used for transportation, heating purposes, fuel for electricity generating plants. Fuel is found underground reservoirs.

The production of electricity from oil begins with the extraction of oil and ends with the oil burning in boilers and turbines at power plants. Crude oil is removed from the ground by drilling deep wells and pumping it up to the surface.

The crude oil is then moved to a refinery (refineries remove a portion of the impurities in the oil, e.g. metals) where it is refined into a number of fuel products: kerosene, gasoline, liquefied petroleum gas

Then this crude oil is moved to power plants by trains, trucks, pipelines or ship. Many methods are used at the power plants to generate electricity from oil. One of the methods is to produce steam by burning the oil in the boilers which is used by a steam turbine to generate electricity.

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The input of fuel provides energy. The fuel is burnt so therefore producing electricity.

P1= output of boiler, input of turbine

P2=Output of turbine, input of generator

I have done the calculation below to work out the output of the boiler and the input of the generator, overall P2 is the power generation of the turbines. Power generation from P2 is used as the input in working out the efficiency of the generator. The power generation that the generator gives out is known simply as output.

P2= Output

          %      x 100

P2= 2400

        90.09 x100

P2=2664(2dp) mw

The calculation above shows the working out for the power generation of the turbines.  

P1=       P2

70x 100    


  1. x 100

P1=3805.71(2dp) mw

Input=     P1

              60   x 100

Input= 3805.71

              60         x 100

Input= 6342.85 mw

I have worked out all the above to calculate the overall efficiency of the oil power station.

Overall efficiency (%)=    output

                                        Input x 100

Overall efficiency= 63.06% (2dp)

I will explain in detail of what each part of the power plant does:


This is a picture of a boiler; this is where the fuel is burnt to boil the water. The water that is purified is pumped through a pipe into the boiler. An average size of the boiler is approximately 130 ft in height and 50 ft in width.

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The image above is of a turbine.

Complex calculation:

Efficiency= Useful energy given out by the device                                                           Energy put into it                          x 100%



10 metres (length of       blade)

Total output of 1 wind turbine:

Volume      =      Depth      x      Surface area

                            6m/s    x              x?

Surface area = Лr2 (3.14 x 102) = 314

Volume = 6m/s x 314

Volume = 1884 m/s

Calculation for mass of blade:




m= e x v

m= 1.4 x 1884

mass of blade= 2637.6 kg

Calculation for kinetic energy:

Ke=kinetic energy



Ke= ½ mv2

Ke= 0.5 x 2637.6 x 62

Kinetic energy= 47476.8 joules











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The candidate starts this essay by describing oil, though they do so well, the purpose of the essay is not clear. When writing an introduction you need to state the topic that you will be writing about so that the ...

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The candidate starts this essay by describing oil, though they do so well, the purpose of the essay is not clear. When writing an introduction you need to state the topic that you will be writing about so that the premise of your essay is clear. You should also try to engage the reader, you can do this by providing historical background or by stating a relevant fact or quote that you find interesting. That said, the candidate gives a very explicit response overall, they have included a great deal of information and they have taken the time to put together a table and a flow chart, these can be useful tools for make the information more interesting to read.

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