Power

My last entry showed just a few moments of two days, where I had the opportunity to take photographs of two power stations. Both of them are combined-cycle power stations. They basically use the hot exhausts of a gas turbine, feed it into a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG), which produces steam. That steam then can either be used to produce electricity, or you can use the steam for something else – like paper production, long distance heating or other technical processes that use or need steam. The gas turbine itself can also be used, alongside producing hot exhausts, to produce electricity. Well, I hope I got that technical bit right, if anyone would like to read more – here’s a link to Wikipedia: HRSG. It was really, really interesting to learn about how these power stations work and to be able to go inside and have a look at stuff you don’t usually get to see.

This is how the first one looks from the outside – actually really nice looking, not what I expected when I thought of power stations.

We started off right at the top, high up the chimney (well, almost at the top). The view was amazing, which was a good thing, as I am a bit afraid of heights, and concentrating on the magnificent view and on taking photos distracted me from thoughts about falling down…

Quite comfortable ascent – stairs!

The platform and the chimney seen from the roof.

Luckily I didn’t need to go up the last part to the real top of the chimney, I would have had to use the ladder, no stairs up there…

The inside had a few surprises for me, one of them being that it gets very warm inside (well, kind of obvious). On the highest floor the temperature is around 60°C. Stay for while, and you can cancel your next sauna session! Talking of floors – you won’t find first or second or third floor, have a look at this:

The height is marked in meters rather than floor numbers. So the ninth floor would be 34,75m, like you can see here:

Another thing that surprised me at 34,75m – this:

That’s a water level indicator – beautiful light!

Here a few impressions how the whole thing looked inside:

That was a tricky one, and it didn’t really work out, but you can still see the fire inside the boiler:

A few details I really liked:

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 And this was the second power station:

This power station was larger than the first one, here is a view on the two gas turbines that produce the heat.

Here how it looks from the ground, the cars give some reference size-wise.

On the roof:

Another one with one of the chimneys:

Pipes, pipes, pipes…

Couldn’t resist taking a few photos of this chimney (not part of that power station, but very close by):

And finally – the control room (well, the two pictures I liked the most of the control room). Of course there’s a modern, computer controlled room, but a few bits and pieces were still the old ones, and I liked those far more than the large screens.

And finally – me just climbing down from one of the turbines (a bit stretched and distorted, thanks wide-angle lens! Credits to Salti for this picture):

So long, hope you enjoyed my little power entry!

…and a big thank you to Salti for this opportunity!

From Morocco to South Africa…

…in one evening, or should I say in one dinner?

We had a Moroccan salad with oranges, dates, nuts, mint and orange blossom water for starters and South African Bobotie (if you don’t know it, google it, it’s a yummy dish made with spiced minced meat and a topping made of eggs & cream, spicy and sweet and fresh at the same time) as main course.

Actually I just took a few pictures because the light coming in through the window looked so lovely on the freshly prepared ingredients.

The salad being put into bowls – that silvery thing is a fork (sunlight had already vanished, so quite long exposure here).

And the Bobotie… I had to tuck in first and take pictures afterwards!

See how quick you can go from the North of Africa to the very South – it’s possible in one evening!

Btw, I did not cook, credits for that go to my boyfriend.

Aikido & Rain

A few pictures I took today during a demonstration of the Aikido club I train in. The weather was unsettled and it started to rain heavily as soon as the demonstration started. Note the reflections on the mats! Flying Aikidoka aren’t an uncommon sight, but usually we don’t cause reflections on the mats…

The guys and girls were soaking wet afterwards, me too, my camera as well, but it was a nice afternoon nevertheless!

Warming up…

Gi and hakama laid out to dry afterwards…