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Photo of the Rugeley Power Station control room
Photo of the Rugeley Power Station control room
Since synchronisation in 1970 To 2011 Rugeley has produced 224,645 Gwh of electrcity and has ran for 258846 hours
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Rugeley can provide 1026 MW into the National Grid system, enough for over one million people.

Electricity Generation

How Electricity Is Produced

In principle, power generation is easy.

As Michael Faraday demonstrated in 1831, electricity is produced when a loop of wire is rotated in a magnetic field. On a much larger scale this is what a power station does, except that the magnet is rotated and the equivalent of Michael Faraday’s coil – a mass of copper windings – is stationary.

In practice, power stations are complex because they are big and need – by minimising the cost of production and maximising efficiency – to get as much electricity as possible from the fuel they use. A coal-fired station acts as an energy converter, turning the energy released from coal into electricity.

Rugeley Power Station consists of two 500 Mega-Watt (MW) coal fired units that are capable of producing up to 8,760,000 Mega-Watt-hours (MWh) of energy in a year.

A single MW is equal to 1 million watts. If you consider that a light bulb in your home uses 100 watts Rugeley Power Station can produce enough energy to power 10 million of these.

A MWh is simply 1 megawatt of energy supplied over a period of 1 hour.

How we produce Electricity