Hydroelectric power accounts for nearly 16% of the world’s electric production. Electricity is produced by water falling through a turbine, either from a natural or artificial waterfall. Hydroelectric generation works equally well on a large scale to provide power to cities or regions or on a small scale to provide power to a single household or project.
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The U.S. and China have both committed to financing hydroelectric projects in Pakistan. Pakistan has been experiencing blackouts that last up to sixteen hours, disrupting businesses and industry across the country.
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Brazil has approved an environmental license for the construction of a huge hydroelectric dam in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, bringing criticism from environmentalists for potential damage to the river basin and displacing indigenous peoples, even though the project is touted as a carbon neutral way to meet the region’s power needs. According to […]
In talking about renewable and sustainable energy sources, most people think about brand new technologies. In truth, many renewable technologies are improvements and updates of energy options that have been around for centuries. The Hydrovolt is a new take on hydroelectric power that is making a splash in the micro-hydro world. The Hydrovolt is “a […]
A new hydroelectric device, the Hydro Electric Barrel (HEB) could bring renewable power generation as close as the nearest flowing water, making micro hydro a reality for many who live near streams and rivers. The inventors claim it to be both efficient and cost effective, as well as being less intrusive to the environment than […]
China’s infamous Three Gorges Dam is the largest hyrdoelectric project in the world and potentially the biggest environmental tragedy.Â It has been criticized by environmentalists and human rights advocates since its inception in 1992.Â The Three Gorges Dam was completed in 2006 on the Yangtze River, and NASA has released images of the flooding reservoir […]
The Himalaya region of the world is undergoing rapid change from global warming.Â For example, glaciers in the Tibetan Plateau are melting at a â€œworrisome speed,â€ according to Xinhua news agency.Â Â Over the past 40 years, Tibetan glaciers have receded 196 square KM, or 1/4 the size of New York City.Â Despite such loss of […]
If youâ€™re an alternative energy advocate seeking for ways to green your living and you happen to live by a river or creek, you might be in luck. We all know energy is generated by building dams over giant underwater turbines, but this technology doesnâ€™t have to be built on such large scales. Micro hydro […]