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© John Norris
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UploadedDecember 13, 2009
TakenFebruary 25, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/250 sec at f/10
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Focal Length90 mm
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The Bowen Power Station is a coal-fired power station located in Euharlee, GA near Cartersville. Bowen ranked third in the nation for net generation in 2006 producing over 22,630,000 MWh. The station is connected to the southeastern power grid by numerous 500 KV transmission lines, and is owned and operated by Georgia Power Company, a subsidiary of Southern Company.

Bowen's four cooling towers are 116 m (381 ft) tall and 97 m (318 ft) in diameter and can cool 1,100,000 litres (290,000 US gal) per minute. Another 26,000 litres (6,900 US gal) of water is lost to evaporation which creates the distinctive white clouds rising from each tower.

Bowen's two smokestacks are 300 m (980 ft) tall. Particulates are removed from the exhaust gases through the use of electrostatic precipitators. The exhaust gases are then closely monitored to comply with air quality regulations. In addition, SCR units have recently been constructed on all four units to meet federal clean air and ozone standards.

In 2006, Bowen was the largest emitter of sulfur dioxide in the United States (at 206,442 short tons (187,281,032 kg)), and ranked 39th worst in the nation in terms of sulfur dioxide emissions per kilowatt-hour of electricity produced.[1] All four units at Bowen are scheduled for scrubber installations. Through these efforts, such emissions will be reduced by as much as 95%. Construction began in 2005 on the first two of four scrubbers and will take three years to complete. The scrubbers at Bowen will be among the largest fiberglass vessels ever to be built in the United States. The facility is the third largest producer of carbon dioxide, after Plant Scherer and James H. Miller Jr. Power Plant, emitting 20,500,000 short tons (1.86×1010 kg) of CO2 in the atmosphere each year.[2]

46 responses

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (12 Dec 2009):

    Fabulous shot!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (12 Dec 2009):

    Awesome composition and poignant message!

  • Evan Brogan

    Evan Brogan said (16 Dec 2009):

    Maybe not the most correct title though. The 3 small "stacks" at the bottom are nuclear--releasing water-vapor, steam. The other three though, those tall ones, I'm sure really are coal.

  • Jerome Skiscim

    Jerome Skiscim (Deleted) gave props (16 Dec 2009):

    a very strong image - excellent!

  • Joe Caggiano

    Joe Caggiano gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    I love pictures of steam stacks. I guess it just reminds me of where we're going in this world XD

  • Thomas Petzwinkler

    Thomas Petzwinkler gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    Wow, this is quite good. Good burn/dodge technique.

  • Alyssa Dionne

    Alyssa Dionne gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    Very dramatic!

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (18 Dec 2009):

    Fantastic shot! My vote:)

  • Henry Howell

    Henry Howell (Deleted) gave props (18 Dec 2009):

    good job

  • Sally Bowen

    Sally Bowen said (18 Dec 2009):

    considering the recent climate dilemma between the nations, this is definitely appropriate. great photo!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (20 Dec 2009):


  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (20 Dec 2009): vote!!

  • Hector Ortiz

    Hector Ortiz gave props (20 Dec 2009):

    I like this one...

  • Lew Harford

    Lew Harford gave props (21 Dec 2009):

    Excellent black and white.

  • rohicks

    rohicks (Deleted) said (21 Dec 2009):

    Very cool.

    Well done.

  • kevin stewart

    kevin stewart said (22 Dec 2009):

    one of the best images ever....hah hah!

  • Younes

    Younes said (22 Dec 2009):

    ya it is really suiting to the concept. a good job to u.

  • Younes

    Younes said (22 Dec 2009):

    by the it has my vote

  • ((pigotta08))

    ((pigotta08)) said (23 Dec 2009):


  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (27 Dec 2009):


  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (28 Dec 2009):

    back to vote!

  • Rajendra Gawankar

    Rajendra Gawankar gave props (29 Dec 2009):

    great job!

  • Alexandra

    Alexandra gave props (29 Dec 2009):

    ah an industrial landscape, love it.

  • Gary Benefield

    Gary Benefield gave props (29 Dec 2009):

    nice ...voted

  • rory adityawan

    rory adityawan gave props (19 Jan 2010):

    fantastic.. the killer smoke looks very beutifull...!!!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (19 Jan 2010):

    Yeah, this gets my vote

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (31 Jan 2010):

    Awesome tones. Perfect for the theme.

  • Kapil Shrotriya

    Kapil Shrotriya said (10 Feb 2010):

    awesome capture

  • Paolo Cardone

    Paolo Cardone said (12 Feb 2010):

    Very beautiful!


  • Christopher Stewart

    Christopher Stewart gave props (19 Feb 2010):

    very nice

  • Jade Lopes

    Jade Lopes said (20 Feb 2010):

    amazing shot!

  • eric cahan

    eric cahan (Deleted) gave props (24 Feb 2010):

    awesome shot. a favorite.

  • Alaric Yanos

    Alaric Yanos gave props (3 Mar 2010):

    The B&W treatment really made this more intruiging. Great work!

  • Eric Brown

    Eric Brown gave props (4 Mar 2010):

    Excellent industrial scene, love the contrast and light!

  • Yves Harnois

    Yves Harnois gave props (26 May 2010):

    Very good capture, I like the B/W in this picture ! Good one !

  • rory adityawan

    rory adityawan gave props (9 Jun 2010):

    beutifull under exposure.. n perfect for this theme...

  • robin cerutti

    robin cerutti said (10 Jun 2010):


  • Claudia Turner

    Claudia Turner gave props (16 Jun 2010):

    wow john, that is really a terrific photo

  • Nicole Eaddy

    Nicole Eaddy said (18 Jun 2010):

    This is good but the earth is dying from all this.

  • Nabeel Alam

    Nabeel Alam gave props (29 Sep 2010):

    Awesome shot !!

  • Michael G.

    Michael G.   gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    An AWESOME capture...

  • James Pommerening

    James Pommerening gave props (8 Oct 2010):

    Very nice....fantastic image!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (12 Oct 2010):

    A great shot and interesting dialogue, you have my vote.

  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira gave props (29 Jan 2012):

    Such a strong image....

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (2 Mar 2012):

    Unusual choice for 'Paradise', but definitely a powerful statement!

  • Tridibesh Sanyal

    Tridibesh Sanyal said (13 May 2012):

    Lost paradise! Great shot.

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