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Old October 2nd, 2017, 07:35   #136
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Originally Posted by oilhammer View Post
To be clear, you do not just "fire up" a steam turbine system when demand is there. They are generally left "fired" on stand by, because you cannot boil water to make steam to turn the turbine with a flip of a switch.

Chances are they are running, burning fuel, boiling water, making steam, all the time... just not as much. That is often the problem with grids (as we have them now) and wind/solar hooked to them. In order to keep the line voltage constant, there has to be a backup ready to go much of the time.

One of the mods here is a power station manager, he can weigh in if he wants on the particulars.
In the Charlotte area we have two nukes, three coal plants, and several hydro plants. The hydro plants are the backup sources. Much easier and safer to allow more water to flow than exposing more nuclear rods.
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Old October 2nd, 2017, 08:16   #137
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Originally Posted by kjclow View Post
Much quicker onto the grid to allow water to spin up a turbine than withdrawing control rods and bringing up steam in a nuclear plant.
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