Can renewable energy sources power the world?
Can renewable energy sources power the world?

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13 Summary

This week’s study may be seen as falling into six main parts:

  • a survey of the present situation – the hydro resource and its use on the large and small scale
  • a brief account of the physical principles underlying the harnessing of power from flowing and falling water
  • an account of the technologies associated with the use of hydropower, including the various types of hydro turbine
  • a discussion of the environmental and social benefits and penalties associated with hydroelectricity
  • a brief discussion of the economics of hydroelectricity
  • a concluding discussion of the future prospects for hydroelectricity.

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