Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

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.

Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

These stacks are 185 meters high.

Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

Along these pipes water starts its way to our houses.

Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

These superwide tubes are called water-cooling towers.

Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

The station has been working since 1946.

Russian Cloud Factory

“Evacuation plan”

Russian Cloud Factory

“60 years of heat electropower station – 1”

Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

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

Russian Cloud Factory

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

Russian Cloud Factory

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

Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

“Steam pipeline”

Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

A lot of different gauges showing a mass of parameters.

Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

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

Russian Cloud Factory

If one turns a valve …

Russian Cloud Factory

… water gets sprayed over the hall from these pipes.

Russian Cloud Factory

This device blocks steam supply immediately if an emergency occurs.

Russian Cloud Factory

Water gets heated in such giant boilers.

Russian Cloud Factory

Fuel oil burning temperature is 2100 degrees.

Russian Cloud Factory

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

Russian Cloud Factory

“Steam boiler”

Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

Steam boiler work is controlled by computers.

Russian Cloud Factory

Control panel overwhelms with levers, buttons and lights.

Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

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

Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

Control panel.

Russian Cloud Factory

Russian Cloud Factory

Respecting the past:

“Don’t gabble”

Russian Cloud Factory

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

“Passport”

Russian Cloud Factory

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

“Life of heat and electricity”

Russian Cloud Factory

“Where the heat and electricity are produced in Ulyanovsk”

Russian Cloud Factory

Location: Ulyanovsk

via tepich

12 thoughts on “Russian Cloud Factory”

  1. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

  3. This pic
    http://media.englishrussia.com/new_images/cloudfactory-44.jpg

    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.

  4. In this pic

    http://media.englishrussia.com/new_images/cloudfactory-27.jpg

    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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