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Carbon dioxide emissions from power plants

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A comparison of carbon dioxide emissions for various types of power plants.

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2019-03-21
The chart shows how much carbon dioxide (CO2, given in kg) occurs in the “extraction" of a kW hour of energy from various types of energy sources. In addition, it also shows the carbon dioxide quantities released during fuel supply and during construction of the power plants. In the fossil energy source group, natural gas has a relatively low level of carbon dioxide emissions and is thus, alongside the renewable energies and nuclear power, a good alternative for reducing carbon dioxide. Natural gas can be used particularly efficiently in combined cycle power plants for electric power generation.

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It is important to realize that even renewable electric power generation involves carbon dioxide emissions (through construction).
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Chemistry; Technology
Grade 7 to 9; Grade 10 to 13
Middle/high school; Vocational training
Chart; Climate change; Emission (environment); Environment (general); Hydroelectric plant; Nuclear power plant; Pollution of the environment; Power plant; Renewable energy; Solar technology; Wind power plant
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