On Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st November two groups of Year 11 students went to visit Jinámar Power Station.
Jinámar is one of two fossil fuel power stations that provide most of the electricity for Gran Canaria. A small amount of our electricity also comes from wind and solar power. In the future we will get more of our electricity from renewables - there is a European aim to stop burning fossil fuels by the year 2050.
When we arrived at the power station we listened to a talk about the history of electricity generation in Gran Canaria, about how the Jinámar plant operates now, and about future developments in electricity generation.
After this we were taken on a tour of the power station, which included visits to:
- a steam turbine generator
- the main control room
- a diesel generator
- the water purification system
- the cafeteria, where we enjoyed a quick snack
We were all very impressed with the size and the scale of the buildings and machinery. The students asked lots of questions to Sñr Santana, the engineer who was our guide for the visit, and deepened their knowledge in a number of areas.
Positive outcomes from the trip included:
- seeing science from our last topic (energy) in action
- getting an introduction to our next topic (electromagnetism)
- finding out about where our electricity comes from
- being exposed to different careers in science and engineering
The visit was a great success, and we look forward to visiting Jinámar again in the future.