Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant


The engineers who made color TVs, central air conditioning, stereos, dishwashers, and clothes dryers standard equipment in American homes in the 1960s also created a skyrocketing demand for electricity. Utility companies could barely build power plants fast enough. Baltimore Gas and Electric Company seized on an emerging power-plant technology that had originally been designed for military ship applications: pressurized water reactors. The Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant was one of the first generating plants to use this technology. The Visitor's Center illustrates the construction of the nuclear plant and how it makes electricity.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil, Electrical, Nuclear & Petroleum
Topic(s):
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The two 850-megawatt generating units of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, the only nuclear power plant in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area, produce enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 400,000 residential customers.