What do we know about the hydroelectric power?
Written by Riki Argyropoulou, junior surveyor at Wattcrop
What is hydroelectric power?
Hydroelectric power is a form of renewable energy that harnesses the power of water to generate electricity. It works by using the kinetic energy of falling water or the movement of water through a turbine to spin a generator, which produces electricity. The water used in hydroelectric power can come from various sources, such as rivers, lakes, and reservoirs.
The process of generating hydroelectric power begins with the construction of a dam or a water diversion structure, which is used to create a large reservoir. Water is then released from the reservoir, and its potential energy is converted into kinetic energy as it falls down a steep incline. This moving water then drives the turbines, which spin the generator and produce electricity.