| +/- power=generator
A Place where power is generated.
A power generator is a facility for converting energy from one form to another, often for the creation of electrical energy from coal, oil, gas, wind, nuclear etc; a power generator may however also however create heat in the form of hot water as well as, or instead of creating electricity. A electrical power generator is linked to where power is required by power grid consisting of power=lines and power=sub_stations. The man_made=windmill tag should be used for traditional windmills and man_made=windpump for water-pumping wind wheels. The following tags are deprecated: man_made=power_wind, man_made=power_hydro, man_made=power_fossil and man_made=power_nuclear.
How to Map
Add a node at the centre of the power generator or preferably create an area around the boundary of the facility using aerial photography if available. Tag with power=generator and also a name=* and operator=* of known. For an electricity generator there is likely to be an associated power=sub_station and power=lines.
Method of generation
|generator:method=||combustion||Burning the fuel|
|thermal||Using heat (e.g. from the sun)|
|pumping||e.g. using geothermal heat|
|photovoltaic||Using photovoltaic cells|
|gasification||Gasifying the fuel, then burning it|
|anaerobic_digestion||Breaking the fuel down with microorganisms in the absence of oxygen|
|pyrolysis||Decomposing the fuel at a high temperature in the absence of oxygen|
|dam||Hydroelectricity comes from the potential energy of dammed water|
|pumped-storage||Hydroelectricity produced by moving water between reservoirs at different elevations. See Wikipedia|
|run-of-the-river||Run-of-the-river hydroelectric stations are those with small or no reservoir capacity. See Wikipedia|
The tag generator:output=* can be used to specify the forms of energy generated, and the rating if known.
Power generators can output multiple forms of energy. For example, a boiler will only output hot water, but a combined heat and power plant will typically output hot water and electricity. Add as many values as are relevant.
If the rating of the output is known, add a numerical value followed by the unit. Otherwise simply add 'yes'.
|generator:output:electricity=*||yes / x W / x kW / x MW / x GW|
|generator:output:hot_water=*||yes / x W / x kW / x MW / x GW|
|generator:output:hot_air=*||yes / x W / x kW / x MW / x GW|
|generator:output:cold_water=*||yes / x W / x kW / x MW / x GW|
|generator:output:cold_air=*||yes / x W / x kW / x MW / x GW|
|generator:output:compressed_air=*||yes / x W / x kW / x MW / x GW|
|generator:output:steam=*||yes / x W / x kW / x MW / x GW|
|generator:output:vacuum=*||yes / x W / x kW / x MW / x GW|
|generator:output:battery_charging=*||yes / x W / x kW / x MW / x GW|
For example to tag a 15 MW biomass gasification combined-heat-and-power plant use:
- generator:output:electricity=5 MW
- generator:output:hot_water=10 MW
Or to tag a solar thermal panel use:
Or to tag a wind turbine (a modern electricity-generating wind mill):
- Proposed_features/Power_plants - original power_source=* proposal.
- Proposed_features/generator_rationalisation - later proposal to expand and rationalise power generator tagging
Related terms: <power generator> <generator>