Hydropower plants use water as a source of energy to rotate a turbine-like propeller, which then rotates a metal shaft into an electric generator, which is the engine that produces electricity.
Hydropower generation is largely free of several major classes of environmental impacts associated with non-renewable energy sources. Unlike fossil fuel power plants, hydroelectric power generation does not emit toxic pollutants.
- AdvantagesIntegrated water use
- Environmental benefitsZero emissions
- IndependenceThe price of electricity does not depend on the international price of fuels
- Storage reservoirUsed for irrigation and water supply