Hydroelectric Energy


How is hydroelectric energy formed and used?

Water released from the reservior flows through a turbine, spinning it, which in turn activates a generator to produce electricity.

Is hydroelectric energy renewable or nonrenewable?

Renewable, it uses energy of moving water to generate power. The power is generated when falling water is chanelled through water turbines.

The advantages of using hydroelectric energy?

Hydroelectric energy is fueled by water, so it's a clean fuel source, meaning it wont pollute the air like power plants that burn fossil fuels, such as coal or natural gas.

If hydroelectric energy is nonrenewable, what are some ways to conserve it?

No it's renewable, it uses the Earths water to produce electricity. We can't use it up but we don't have to worry about expenses.

What are disadvantages of using hydroelectric energy?

*Fish population is decreasing because they can't migrate past the dams to the Ocean. * Causes low dissolved oxygen levels in water, it isn't good for the riverbank. *If water isn't available, the hydropower plants can't produce electricity.

Where is hydroelectric energy found most abundantly?

China is the largest producer of hydroelectricity followed by Canada, Brazil, and the United States.

Are there any harmful effects to the Earth during the process of collecting hydroelectric energy?

Blocking rivers with dams can degrade water quality, damage aquatic habitat block migrating fish passage, and displace local communities.
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