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HOW HYDRO ENERGY WORKS

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Hydro energy is generated using the power of moving water in our Earth’s rivers and oceans.

Number1 A dam blocks water from moving where it wants to naturally
Number2 Instead, the water flows through a pipe to a turbine, then back out on the other side of the dam
Number3 Turbines spin by force of water and rotate a generator
Number4 Generator produces electricity and sends to power lines, bringing electricity to homes and businesses


FUN HYDRO FACTS

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  • The word hydropower comes from the Greek word hydro (water)
  • Hydropower is one of the oldest sources of energy, used to grind grain by the Ancient Egyptians as early as 250 B.C.
  • Hydropower can be captured from many different forms of water, including river currents, river dams, ocean waves, and ocean tides.
  • Hydropower is the least expensive renewable energy source in the United States.
  • Canada is the largest producer of hydropower in the world .