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What is Hydropower?

whatishydropower.jpgHydropower is energy from water sources such as the ocean, rivers and waterfalls.

Because the source of hydropower is water, hydroelectric power plants must be located on a water source. Electricity is produced by directing or channeling moving water to power electric generators.The flow or fall of the moving water determines the amount of energy available. There is a new technology on the horizon called Microhydro. It uses smaller water flows such as water flowing out of abandoned mines to run small generators. These small generators can then power equipment on remote sites to help treat the pollution in the abandoned mine water flow.