The third technical visit of the 2019/2020 autumn semester was held on the 6th of November 2019. We visited Hungary’s largest coal-fired power plant. This visit was organized by the Student Association of Energy, in order to familiarize newly admitted students with basic power plant technologies. The visit consisted of two parts, a two-hour lecture at the visitor center and a short guided tour by a small train.
The Mátra Power Plant was built in the 1960s. It covers 13% of the Hungarian electricity consumption and 20% of the electricity production. It is the largest coal-fired power plant in the country. The company generates electricity from lignite produced by open-cast technology in its own mines. Mátrai Erőmű zrt. owns two 100 MW, one 220 MW two 232 MW lignite and two 33 MW gas fired units. The main units of the blocks are: steam boiler, electric filter, steam turbine, generator, main transformer, cooling system. We were able to see these during the visit.