The Saturday Video: Power to the People!

By December 3, 2005Cool Stuff Being Made

pwrplant.jpgBoth you regular blog readers know we’re spending a lot of time these days on energy, as it is the lifeblood of manufacturing. We consume a bunch of it to make the stuff you use (and eat) every day, and as demand increases, domestic supply hasn’t kept up, even though we have 420 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Outer Continental Shelf while we pay the highest natural gas prices in the world. But we digress…

This week’s video is in keeping with our energy theme. it comes to us courtesy of the good people down at Mississippi Power (part of the Southern Company). It’s a 9-minute video of their “Plant Daniel”, near Escatawpa, Mississippi. Here you’ll see machines that generate a million kilowatts of electricity, a plant that burns (cleanly) 500,000 pounds of coal per hour, heating water to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit to make energy for all of us to use. In all, this one plant produces 9 billion kilowatt hours of energy per year.

So while you may not immediately think of energy as a manufactured product, like so many other manufactured products, as we like to say, try to get along without it. It is manufactured in the same way as other stuff is made — by the best, most efficient manufacturers in the world.

Power to the people, we say. Sit back, feel the power, feel the manufacturing vibe.

Click here to watch this week’s video.