Sunday, April 12, 2009

K is for Kilowatts

August 2008

18,000 kilowatts that is, give or take a few hundred, enough electricity to power over 4,000 homes in Nova Scotia, is generated twice a day for about six hours at a time by the tidal waters of the Bay of Fundy at the Annapolis Royal Generating Station.

Here we see the waters being released from the holding pond after having gone through the turbines. The water is churned with such force that thick foam forms along the shore, and if there's enough of a breeze, it'll be flying across the roadway and depositing itself on your windshield.

I wonder about those statistics, sometimes. Specifically I wonder what those 4,000 homeowners do for electricity during the other six hours, twice a day.

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