12 Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

Posted on February 28, 2011 by team

Tour to the place from where hot water, heat in the radiators and electricity come from – heat electropower station.

Once a kid asked his mom who worked at heat electropower station: “What’s this?”

“It’s a cloud factory” – answered his mother.

Let’s have an excursion over such factory situated near the city of Ulyanovsk.

These stacks are 185 meters high.

Along these pipes water starts its way to our houses.

These superwide tubes are called water-cooling towers.

The station has been working since 1946.

“Evacuation plan”

“60 years of heat electropower station – 1″

On the walls there are posters with the station’s history, workers notes, ecology and terrorism hazard information.

The holy of holies – turbogenerator which produces the very electricity. It’s power is 60 megawatt.

The crane moves around the hall. It can lift up to 20 tons of weight at a time.

“Steam pipeline”

A lot of different gauges showing a mass of parameters.

Fire safety is highly respected here – red fire extinguishers and valves can be seen everywhere.

If one turns a valve …

… water gets sprayed over the hall from these pipes.

This device blocks steam supply immediately if an emergency occurs.

Water gets heated in such giant boilers.

Fuel oil burning temperature is 2100 degrees.

Boiler’s output is 480 tons of steam per hour.

“Steam boiler”

Steam boiler work is controlled by computers.

Control panel overwhelms with levers, buttons and lights.

New technologies are also here – one could see a needed parameter by pressing a button.

Control panel.

Respecting the past:

“Don’t gabble”

In the beginning of every season the station has to be certified:


A small description of how the heat and electricity are created.

“Life of heat and electricity”

“Where the heat and electricity are produced in Ulyanovsk”

Location: Ulyanovsk

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12 Responses to “Russian Cloud Factory”

  1. Kilroy Was Here says:

    Good job. Thanks…

  2. frank delaney says:

    That is a power station, they do not pump hot water to peoples homes. The big pipes are most likely for natural gas to heat water to make steam which powers the generators. None of that hot water gets pumped anywhere other than into those big (fat) cooling towers to be reused later.

    • PHLkid says:

      Just down the street from my home is an abandoned brick building called a Central Heating Plant. Apparently at the time it was more economical to superheat steam in one location and sell it to local homes as heat through pipes. Last time I checked it gets just a little cold in Russia.

    • Zack says:

      The second to the last picture shows extraction steam from the turbine going to someone’s home. At the same time, the turbine is producing electricity.

      Cooling towers don’t store water. They are used to cool water in pipes in the condenser.

  3. George Johnson says:

    Looks like they’re using LabView software for some of their control systems. Great stuff, I love it.

  4. OLUT says:

    No, that’s Canadians. Don’t you watch Terrance and Phillip? :P

  5. borsook says:

    Somebody will make lot’s of money removing all that asbestos one day.

  6. SovMarxist1924 says:

    Birthplace of V.I. Lenin (Ulyanov) in 1870 (then named Simbirsk). Changed to Ulyanovsk in 1924. (But I guess most everyone knows this)

  7. Denis says:

    In Russia they mostly use steam to heat houses. So those pipes are for steam and not natural gas.

  8. are you kidding says:

    Nice geothermal plant .

  9. dj says:

    This pic

    Looks like the boiler burner management system, which constantly checks that a flame is present, compares oxygen in flue gas to control the fresh air fan and receives directions from the central control system as to how much fuel to input.

  10. dj says:

    In this pic


    In the mid-background is the Steam turbine – gearbox – alternator. With the 6 and TT6 printed on them. The turbine runs at a much higher speed than the alternator, the gearbox has to slow it down. The turbine here is high pressure as it is small and the piping is not large.

    Further in the background appears to be another turbine, or condenser, not sure but those big insulated pipes tell me its low pressure steam.

    In the foreground appears to be cooling water and maybe a heat exchanger or condenser. Perhaps a heat exchanger to heat the hot water for homes.

    On the lower level you can see some pumps. These will be steam condensate pumps judging by the height they are at. Just out of that condenser the water is only just water, a small drop in pressure will turn it back to steam.

    Love your work ER

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