Regarding "Darlington produces 20 per cent of Ontario's
electricity". In 2001 Ontario produced 152
038 GWh of electricity (Stats Can 57-001) and Darlington produced approx
26,000 GWh net to grid. Thus Darlington contributed about 17% of Ontario's
electricity, and operated at 85.6% capacity. In 2002, Darlington operated
at a higher capacity and produced (a preliminary and unofficial approximation)
about 27,500 GWh net. If Ontario's total production was the same as 2001
(note that the 2001 production was almost identical to that of 2000), then
Darlington produced about 18% of Ont's generation.
the latest data I have, for 2000, Ont produced 153
221 GWh, consumed 140
888 GWh and exported 5 990 GWh (Stats Can 57-001). Presumably the
remainder (153221 - 140888 - 5990 = 6340) is line losses, which works out
to 4.1% (reasonable?). If we assume similar values for 2002 (note
that we imported electricity during the summer peak, but export it at other
times), then Darlington produced about 26400 GWh (net after line losses of 4%)
which represents 18.7% of the consumed electricity. This is certainly
All this talk of fusion, etc., and
this article that got everyone started on this topic has me wondering a few
First of all, how do you generate electricity from
fusion? Because, and correct me if I'm wrong, I'm assuming that's the
ultimate goal of ITER (to demonstrate that a sustainable reaction is
achievable and, later, that electricity generation is possible).
Obviously the conventional steam turbines won't cut it (we can't even contain
the plasma with conventional materials, so how could we use the heat to make
steam?) Would TEGs work at those temperatures?
Secondly, the article that Jerry posted stated that
"Darlington produces 20 per cent of Ontario's electricity. " The IMO
lists available capacity in Ontario at 29939MW, which may or may not include
available imports. So let's consider OPG alone. OPG's website
indicates them to have ~24600MW installed capacity, including Pickering
A. Darlington can produce ~3500MW, which by my calculations is at best
14% of OPG's capacity. Since there are other generators in the province,
notable Bruce Power, there's no way Darlington produces 20% of Ontario's
electricity. Any idea where the Star came up with this figure?
Would this be based on actual energy produced?