Historic Markers Across Tennessee



The Turbine



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Location: at Pickwick Dam, 350 Power Ln, Savannah, TN
County: Hardin
Coordinates: N 35° 4.389    W 088° 15.042
  35.07315    -88.2507
Waymark: None
 



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The Turbine



Imagine this 125-ton carbon-steel turbine spinning at 81.8 revolutions per minute. Picture more than 99.491 gallons of water per second rushing through the intake to spin its heavy blades, which generate 36 megawatts of electricity. Measuring over 24 feet wide and nearly 13 feet tall, this Kaplan adjustable-blade turbine, the fourth to be installed at Pickwick Dam, began commercial operation in 1942. Although it's huge, this turbine plays only a small role in TVA's balanced river system. Hydroelectirc Dam
Power Lines
River
Powerhouse
Generator
Turbine
Intake
Reservoir