Largest Hydroelectric Project in the World is Completed, but at What Cost?

Largest Hydroelectric Project in the World is Completed, but at What Cost?

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 02:47 PM PDT

On Wednesday the Three Gorges dam in China had its 32nd, 700-megawatt turbine installed, completing the mega-project and bringing its total capacity up to 22.5 gigawatts, making it the largest hydropower installation in the world.The Three Gorges project has been fully connected to the power grid where it generates 11 percent of China’s total hydroelectric output. Construction started in 1994, and first started generating power for the grid in 2003, since which time it has saved, on average, 200 million tonnes of coal a year.Zhang Cheng,…

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China Looks to Russia’s Hydroelectricity to Meet Growing Energy Demands

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 02:46 PM PDT

Industrialisation has enabled economies in Asia to develop faster than ever, and this has shifted the balance of world energy consumption from the West to the East. China is by far the largest energy consumer, mostly driven by its huge manufacturing sector and infrastructural development projects.Whilst the rapid growth creates opportunities, it also creates challenges for China. It now accounts for 30% of total world energy consumption, and has invested heavily in developing new sources of power generation. Unfortunately the majority of this power,…

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