Is this from Russia?* inquired the postman as he handed me a heavy package .. no, no – South Africa – I replied, recognizing the book I had shipped (that is, put on a ship) to Seattle when I was in South Africa in April.
It’s a one-of-a-kind book: about a heat transfer experiment that I had documented as a student (dare i say it? the year was 1983).
The experiment was about measuring heat transfer with a laboratory model set up to simulate the conditions found in a dry-cooled power stations. At the time, South Africa’s electric utility was constructing the world’s largest dry-cooled power station. The name of it is Matimba, and it has with six 665 MW turbo-generator units. Yes, it is coal-fired, but at least it is using way, way less water than a traditional power station with vast amounts of water that is evaporated to cool it down before it is heated up again in the boilers. (These cooling systems have lower efficiency and higher energy consumption, though – to drive cooling fans, compared to a typical wet, evaporative cooling tower).