Rock to Electron: How does a piece of coal become electricity. From the mining, processing, transportation to burning at a power plant, we follow the rock as it becomes a kilowatt.

Rock to Electron

Rock to Electron

Can you believe we can get kilowatts from rocks!! A power plant generates electricity from a black rock named coal.


But how does that process work?

  • The coal is mined / prepped / transported
  • Then it is burned at a power plant in a boiler to produce steam. The steam powers a generator, which turns mechanical energy into electrical energy.
  • Next the electricity (the energy) is distributed to our homes, schools and businesses.




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