Contest #386: Gansu Wind Farm, near Jiuquan, China

This week’s contest was a small part of a massive wind farm project being constructed in China that is expected to one (very windy) day generate 20,000 MW of power for China’s Electric Grid. To put this in perspective, when complete, that’s about 3x the generation capacity of the any of the largest nuclear power plants in the world. Only the Three Gorges Dam hydroelectric plant has a greater capacity (22,500 MW).

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Those who electrified the net with their answers:

  • Eloy Cano
  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Walter_V_R
  • steve willis
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Phil Ower
  • Charley Seavey
  • krenek
  • hhgygy
  • mehmet durmus
  • Marisa Boraas
  • rob de wolff
  • Chris Nason

No answers after the hint.

Contest #385: Taichung Power Plant, Taiwan

The Taichung Power Plant is a coal fired power plant providing about 5800 MW of power into the Taiwanese power grid. It is both the largest fossil fuel power plant in the world AND the largest emitter of CO2 in the world, coming in at a hair under 40 Million Tons a year, or, as the hint mentioned, about what the entire nation of Switzerland emits.

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By 阿爾特斯 (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Those who fired up the correct answer and got the generators up to speed included:

  • Walter_V_R
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • steve willis
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Eloy Cano
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • mehmet durmus
  • Charley Seavey

And those who needed the just little push from the hint:

  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • krenek
  • Marisa Boraas

Contest #383: Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church, Dublin, Ireland

Whitefriar Street Church is home to some of the relics of St. Valentine, the Roman Catholic saint commemorated every year on February 14th.

In 1836, an Irish priest from the church named John Spratt visited Rome and gave a series of sermons there. Pope Gregory XVI was so impressed with Fr. Spratt, that when it was time for him to return home, the Pope presented him with some of the remains of St. Valentine.

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Those who dug up the bones were:

  • Eloy Cano
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Walter_V_R
  • Paul Voestermans
  • mehmet durmus
  • steve willis
  • krenek
  • Phil Ower

and those who required a little bit of divine intercession (in the form of the hint):

  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Chris Nason
  • Charley Seavey
  • rob de wolff