Aberthaw Power Station

Class KK visited Aberthaw Power Station as part of their energy topic. Aberthaw Power Station is a coal fired power station in Barry and will eventually be closed in 2025 because the government want to move towards more renewable sources of energy such as wind power. We went on a tour and saw the ‘jacuzzi’ where the salt water flows in from the Bristol Channel. We also saw the waste that is recycled and sold to companies that make concrete blocks for buildings. We learnt about the pulverisation process that grinds the coal down into a black powder and also discussed the importance of using water in the process (for cooling the machines down and creating steam). We saw lots of transformers and huge chimney stacks! We had a lovely picnic on the grass in front of the Bristol Channel and then spent the afternoon in a classroom learning about renewable energy and  measuring electricity in watts. Finally, we ended up completing a rowing machine challenge to produce 2000 watts which is the huge amount of electricity that a kettle needs to boil. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and would like to say a huge thank you to Steve, Peter and Rachel for allowing us the free visit and giving up their time.