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Hydroelectricity is the term referring to electricity generated by hydropower; the production of electrical power through the use of the gravitational force of falling or flowing water.

Contributors in Hydroelectric


tidal power plant

Energy; Hydroelectric

Uses daily rise and fall of water from tidal movements to produce electricity.

ultra low head

Energy; Hydroelectric

Head that measures 10 feet or less

impulse turbine

Energy; Hydroelectric

Uses speed of flowing water to generate movement in runner, allowing the flow of water to strike each individual blade directly. Impulse turbines are usually used for high head, low flow projects.

pumped storage

Energy; Hydroelectric

Pump storage facilities store energy when demand for electricity is low by pumping water from a lower reservoir into an upper one. When demand increases, the water is released from the high reservoir ...

low head

Energy; Hydroelectric

Head that measures 66 feet or less

wicket gates

Energy; Hydroelectric

Component of power plant facility that allows for water flow adjustments into turbine passage.

Average annual energy

Energy; Hydroelectric

Average annual energy is the total amount of energy generated in a year.

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