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Cannon Valley Elder Collegium
“A Questing Mind Never Retires”
Updated: 1 hour 52 min ago
That’s right, our fall term began on Sept. 9 with 11 courses and another robust registration. You might enjoy this snapshot of just one of these courses, “Seeing Energy as a Kaleidoscope of Alternatives, taught by Richard Schulte. As with many of our courses, it included time away from our traditional classrooms, and we carpooled to Faribault on Oct. 14 and had an excellent tour of the Faribault Energy Park.
The Faribault Energy Park is located west of the city, and is described as a dual cycle, gas-fired electricity generating station. This means that clean-burning natural gas is used to drive a turbine similar to one in a jet airliner. That turbine drives the first generator. The excess heat from the first turbine is captured and converted to steam, which drives a second turbine and a second generator. The combined electrical power can peak at 265 megawatts, enough to power 265,000 homes in our region. This plant is considered a model of green engineering, and emits 97% less noxious materials than a coal-fired plant.
You can have your own personal tour of the Faribault Energy Park by seeing a You Tube clip. Copy and paste this into your browser: