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HydroElectric Power

Hydro power is a source of energy that can be generated by the flow of water without burning the resource or emitting the pollutants generated by fossil based fuels such as coal, oil, and gas.

Along with other alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, nuclear, and thermo power, hydro electric energy has become a major topic for those looking for energy independence.

Hydro power plants are already a major source of electricity in many areas of the United States and Canada, as well as around the world.

Niagara Falls, one of the the most renown hydroelectric power plants in the United States and Canada, is located between Buffalo, New York and Toronto, Canada.

Turbines at Niagara Falls generate electricity for much of the northeastern seaboard from Toronto all the way to New York City and beyond.

Today, most hydro electric power is generated from large dams built to store water for irrigation and flood control.

Dams built to store water, in many cases, do substantial damage to the areas located behind them by flooding large areas and destroying habitats that animals and birds depend on for survival.

Some of the worlds largest hydroelectric plants are built at dams located in Brazil and Paraguay, Venezuela, Russia, Canada, and in the United States, producing electricity for millions of homes and businesses.

In nearly all cases, farmlands are flooded displacing humans as well as small towns and communities.

But technological innovations and engineering designs have developed more sophisticated turbines that generate electricity from running water that does not have to be dammed.

Whether the water is flowing fast or slow, this technology makes it possible to generate electricity almost anywhere, thus negating the need for dams to generate power.

This technology is called freeform hydropower because it may be used anywhere that a current exists, such as in the oceans, rivers, streams, lakes, and canals.

Although it is relatively new, this technology has caught the attention of governments, and scientists, around the world and it is currently being studied for implementation into commercial use.

If proven to be as successful as it's inventor hopes, freeform hydropower may one day produce enough electrical power to meet the needs of millions of homes and businesses around the world.

 

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