Sunday, January 11, 2015

Interesting trivia about hydropower for kids

1. Hydropower is renewable source of energy
2. Hydropower is non-polluting source of energy.
3. Hydropower is energy source with a very long history.
4. Hydropower is the most important renewable energy source worldwide.
5. Hydropower is the most important renewable energy source in United States.
6. China is the world's largest hydropower producer.
7. United States is the fourth largest hydropower producer in the world, behind China, Canada and Brazil.
8. Water needed to create hydroelectricity is free, provided by nature.
9. Hydropower technology is very reliable.
10. Hydropower technology is proven with the long history of use.
11. Hydropower has very high upfront costs but on the long run present energy source that is  cost-competitive with fossil fuels.
12. Hydroelectric power stations have relatively low maintenance and operational costs.
13. Large hydroelectric projects need to be carefully built because they can lead to environmental damage such as the inundation of land and the loss wildlife habitat.
14. In some cases, a methane, powerful greenhouse gas can form in reservoirs. Greenhouse gases, when released into the atmosphere, can lead to increased climate change effect.
15. Hydrolectricity is basically an electricity produced by the force of falling water.
16. The researchers believe that only one third of hydropower resources have been used on global level, meaning that there are two thirds of untapped hydro resources worldwide.
17. Hydropower currently accounts for around 17% of global electricity production.
18. Three Gorges Dam in China is the world's largest hydroelectric power station in the world with the capacity of 22.5 gigawatts (GW).
19. The largest hydroelectric power station in United States is the Grand Coulee Dam.
20.  Hydropower remains one of the best energy solutions for many countries in Africa and Latin America to satisfy growing hunger for more power.