WHAT IS HYDROPOWER
Hydropower is the electricity or power that is generated from the energy of moving water.
It is a renewable source of energy.
It is constantly being refilled by the water cycle, specifically precipitation.
TYPES OF HYDO POWER
USES OF HYDROPOWER
The first and foremost use of hydropower is to generate electricity
Hydropower also powers machines.
Hydropower has been used for irrigation and operating mechanical devices (such as water mills, sawmills, and dock cranes) during ancient times
Watermills produced flour from grain, sawed timber and stone, and pounded linen into paper. They also extracted metal from ores
Hydro Dams and Power Plants
When the dam gates are open, the water flows through a pipe called a penstock and pushes on the turbines, causing them to turn. They power a generator which produces the electricity.
Spillway gates release extra water in rainfall. Dams expel water when needed for electricity production.
Hydro Dams and Power
Hydropower is the least expensive method of generating electricity.
The flowing water is free and renewable by the water cycle.
Hydropower may become more expensive in the future.
Licensing and assessing dams is a long and expensive process.
It is readily available. It can be controlled easily.
Hydropower can store energy. The water can be saved and managed