The IM Cooling Tower is an abandoned cooling tower located in Charleroi, Belgium. Built in 1921, it was once one of the largest coal burning plants in all of Belgium. It was abandoned in 2007 after a report discovered that it was responsible for 10% of the total carbon dioxide emissions in Belgium.
The I.M. Cooling Tower is part of an
abandoned power plant located in the south of Belgium. While in use, the tower
cooled incoming hot water by using wind. The wind would enter the opening at
the bottom of the tower and rise up, cooling the hot water. The air would then
become warm and leave the tower. During its prime, the I.M. Cooling Tower could
cool up to 480,000 gallons of water per minute.
This was actually one of the first places I visited when I started this addiction :-) Back then I knew virtually nothing about photography, so the photos I made were quite horrible… I always wanted to go back there and a couple of weeks ago, I finally did. This remains one of the most impressive construction I’ve visited. I hope you enjoy…
Cooling towers are stupidly large, some towering more than 800 feet tall. And according to Reginald Van de Velde, who has spent quite a lot of time inside them, they look bigger from within. “You feel really little in them,” he says.