The Ekibastuz GRES-1 is the 4,000 MW coal-fired thermal power station (GRES) located near Ekibastusz, Kazakhstan. Its construction began in 1974. This station is the biggest in Kazakhstan: according to the project it consists of 8 power units and 330-meters
chimneys. But in fact the first chimney is only 300 metres because of its curvature. Formerly small pieces of ashes escaped from chimneys and fell on workers. When is was raining these pieces might burn clothes and leave burns on the skin.
The Dubassari plant is a hydroelectric power plant and an important strategical construction at the Dniester river near Dubassari, Moldova. And it is also a border between former parts of one and the same country. The
plant is the first electrification enterprise in Moldova. It was started in 1950 and was over in 1955. An interesting fact: people of about 30 nationalities have taken part in the plant construction.
Since early childhood everyone knows that substance can exist in three states: solid, liquid and gas. A perfect example of it is ordinary water. We can observe it in all the three states in our daily life (especially in a kitchen). However, there exists another state
which is called plasma... The Novosibirsk Institute of Nuclear Physics is one of the world's leaders in studying plasma. They have some very interesting setups, so-called "plasma traps". Let's see how they work and what they are needed for.