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Thermodynamic Efficiency and the maximum possible electric output

  1. Mar 11, 2013 #1
    1. A 2.5GWth nuclear power plant operates at a high temperature of 570°K. In the winter the average low temperature at which it dumps waste heat is 268°K; in the summer it’s 295°K. Determine the thermodynamic efficiency of the plant in each season, and then derive from it the maximum possible electric power output.

    2. e = 1 – Tc/Th

    Tc = Low Temperature
    Th = High Temperature


    3. Winter = 1 – (268/570) = 0.53 = 53%
    Summer = 1 – (295/570) = 0.48 = 48%

    The maximum possible electric output = ???
     
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  3. Mar 11, 2013 #2

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    Want to take a stab at how much electricity can be produced by the plan?
     
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