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Compare base load plant with peak load plant. 
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Sr.No.
Points
Base load plant
Peak load plant 
1 Definition
The power plant which supplies base load of load curve is known as base load plant
The power plant which supplies peak load of load curve is known as peak load plant 
2 Generating capacity
High
Low
3 Firm capacity
High
Low
4 Working Hours
24 hours
Only during peak load hours 
5 Cost of generation/ unit
Generally low cost of generation per unit are selected as base load plant 
Generally high cost of generation per unit are selected as peak load plant
6 Starting time 
Both quick & more starting time power plant can be selected as a base load plant 
Quick starting time power plant are selected as a peak load plant
7 Load factor
High
Low
8 Capacity Factor
High
Low
9 Plant use factor
High
Low
10 Examples
Large capacity hydro, thermal, nuclear power station  
Small capacity storage hydro, pumped storage hydro, gas, diesel power station. 


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