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Modern Marvels

Season 7 Episode 38

Power Plants

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 05, 2000 on The History Channel
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Power Plants
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Mankind controls the environment in a variety of ways, whether by capturing the force of a river, harnessing the power in coal or oil, controlling a nuclear reaction, or transforming the light of the sun into electricity. From Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla to Enrico Fermi and Albert Einstein, the world's greatest minds have enabled us to acquire our light, heat, and power with a simple flip of the switch. Join us for an electrifying hour as we review the foundation for all of this--power plants.moreless
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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • All natural substances contain radioactive material. In fact, beer contains thirteen times as much radioactivity as the cooling water discharged from a nuclear power plant.

      • The United States has five percent of the world's population yet consumes twenty five percent of its energy supply.

      • In 1984 Brazil built the world's largest hydroelectric plant, which provides as much energy as thirteen nuclear reactors.

      • George Westinghouse built the first illuminated tennis court at his house. It had 1500 light bulbs and its own power plant.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: A simple flip of a switch brings light, heat, power, but capturing the force of a river, controlling a nuclear reaction or transforming the light of the sun into electricity is anything but simple. Next: Power Plants, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Ed Reis
        Executive Director, Westinghouse Museum

        Prof. William Myers
        California State University, Fullerton

        Jason Makansi
        Engineer, Makansi & Company

        Fred Desanti
        VP, External Affairs, PSE & G

        John Ivemeyer
        Supervisor, Georgia Power

        Chris Prescott
        Site Manager, Georgia Power

        Gene Ussery
        Plant Manager, Georgia Power

        David Garchow
        VP, PSE & G

        Ray Golden
        Spokesman, Southern California Edison

        Steven Strong
        President, Solar Design Associates

        William Lord
        Solar Homeowner

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