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Ceramic components used in “generation and transmission of power” in the electricity field are explained in this section. Figure 14.1 shows the flow of electricity generated at power plants in which electricity travels from substations to consumers (factories and houses). In Japan, 99 % of the electricity is generated at large-scale power plants, of which 59 % of this electricity is produced at thermal power plants, 34 % at nuclear power plants and 6 % at water power plants in 2005. Meanwhile, a wider range of power source systems are being developed rapidly following partial deregulation of the electric power market. The generation of electricity using renewable energy such as solar battery, wind power generation and geothermal power generation, as well as new energy such as fuel cells and thermoelectric generation are attracting greater attention. Power storage technologies for sodium–sulfur batteries and superconductive power storage are also in the process of commercialization. Electricity generated at these power plants are boosted for effective long-distance transmission and then the voltage is lowered at substations along the route to 100 and 200 V for general use, reaching the destinations via the power transmission networks covering every corner of the Japan (4-1).


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