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Hydroelectric plants


Information module:
An overview of the individual types of hydroelectric plants and how they work.

English, Spanish (CREA), German
Interactive (1.9 MByte)
Hydroelectric plants convert water’s mechanical energy to electric energy. Different designs are used, depending on the natural conditions and form of energy to be used.
The information module first provides a brief explanation of the plant types that primarily use the kinetic energy of water.
• Run-of-river power plant (principle shown with animation)
• Tidal power plant (principle shown with animation)
• Wave power plant (principle shown with animation)
Next come the types of plants that use the potential energy of water:
• Storage power plant (principle shown with graphics)
• Pumped storage plant (principle shown with animation).

Information and ideas:
What do the locations of the different hydroelectric power plants have to do with geography? What would be a good place to build more hydroelectric plants? What is the share of hydropower in the power mix?
Information sheet
Geography; Physics; Technology
Grade 5 to 6; Grade 7 to 9; Grade 10 to 13
Middle/high school; Vocational training
Ecology; Environment (general); Environmental change; Environmental protection; Hydroelectric plant; Power generation; Renewable energy; Turbine; Ecology (environmental protection); Electric power generation; Environment; Hydroelectric plant; Impact on landscape; Renewable energy; Turbine
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