Wakefield College learners visit Drax power station
Tuesday, 7 February, 2017
Electricity is in the heart of everything that we do. It powers our homes, our businesses, our computers, phones and tablets; but how many of us can say we really know how it’s generated? Drax power station kindly opened its doors to 27 Level 2 Electrical Installation learners from Wakefield College recently. The trip consisted of a very informative tour of the power station, showing students the extensive process of generating electricity and supplying it across the UK.
Drax generates 7% to 8% of the UK’s electricity, and to do this, they have to operate on a massive scale, which students experienced at first-hand. The professional tour guides took the learners to see the six boilers situated at Drax, each as high as a 15-storey office block, a main chimney taller than the London Eye, and over 1,800 miles of steel tubing, enough to stretch from John O’Groats to Land’s End and back again. The students got a huge buzz from the scale of the operation and were keen to learn about the newest biomass technology, which is cutting Drax’s carbon footprint by a whopping 80%.
Piotr Szatkowski, a Wakefield College Learning Support Assistant said “The trip to Drax was extremely beneficial to our Electrical Installation students for many reasons; it’s really important for the learners to understand the principals of generating electricity and supplying it to homes and businesses across the UK.”
Kevin Mincher, lecturer in construction, said: “Our Electrical Installation students study the principles of electrical science and electrical installations technology within their course material, so seeing these in action at a working power station can only encourage and inspire our learners to continue to work hard.”
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DATE: 7 February, 2017