If you happen to be in Arizona near Phoenix, you might want to stop by the Palo Verde Energy Education Center and have a look.
Its focus is on nuclear power and offers some very well done and modern, interactive exhibits with touch screens and large monitors.
The Palo Verde Plant is an amazing feat of engineering:
– largest nuclear plant in the US (energy output of nearly 30,000 GWh per year)
– only nuclear plant in the world using effluent (waste) water for cooling
– the energy produced is cheaper than from coal
– emits less radiation to the environment than a coal plant
– Green Energy – the equivalent of 84 million cars off the road
The actual Palo Verde Plant is about 25 miles west of the Education Center and doesn’t generally offer tours, so they put together the Energy Education Center to show the public what the Palo Verde plant and nuclear energy is all about. The center was completed at the end of 2013.
Learn more about the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palo_Verde_Nuclear_Generating_Station
Whether you can make it for a visit or not, take a peek at my video channel “LFTRnow” on YouTube to check out my tour of the EEC, each video is about 5 minutes long. One has more of a documentary style and only looks at the outside. The video featuring the inside blasts though all of the exhibits in a whirlwind tour with music, giving you an idea of the quality of exhibits and information. I hope you enjoy!