A power plant?s plans to cut up and recycle a giant steam turbine is a rare opportunity to take a peek into the clever engineering inside: from the casing to the boiler to the fan blades.
For nearly one hundred years, North Carolina's Buck Steam Station helped drive an electrical revolution by harnessing the raw energy of coal and steam and providing power to 15 million homes and factories. But now the plant is coming down to make way for cleaner, greener, and more efficient ways of producing electricity. Before this is dismantled, host Chad Zdenek reveals the five engineering innovations that made the power plant a legend of its time.
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