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Fun Facts about Hydroelectricity the World's Fastest Growing Renewable Resource

By Edited Feb 13, 2014 0 0

In the UK, Hydroelectricity is one of the fastest growing sources of renewable energy. More plants are popping up as the push to alternative energy strengthens. Where does hydroelectricity come from? How does it work? Here are some fun facts that you may not know.

Early Beginnings

In early Roman and Egyptian civilizations, over 2,000 years ago, the waterwheel was common for producing energy. The first use for electricity, however, was in the United States in 1882. Dams were soon built all over the US due to the many advantages of hydroelectricity. Since then, hydroelectricity has become a very reliable and popular resource in places such as the UK.  About 25 countries depend on it as a renewable power source. Hydro turbines have been manufactured in England by Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd longer than any other company worldwide.

Clean Energy

Hydroelectricity is one of the cleanest sources of renewable energy available as it has no direct CO2 emissions.

High Conversion Rate

Hydro turbines are able to convert over 90% energy to electricity.

Room For Improvement

Even with the high efficiency rate, only about a third of the possible capacity for hydropower has been developed.

Cheap Energy

Even though it has been used for electricity for over 150 years, hydroelectricity remains among the cheapest ways to produce power.


Hydroelectric turbines can be used in nearly all moving water from huge dams to small streams.

Summing It Up

Gas prices keep rising and more consumers turn to alternative energy like hydroelectric energy to save them money and make them free of the overbearing gas officials. Hydroelectricity is a clean, renewable resource with many benefits and few disadvantages. It is widely available due to its reliance on mere moving water, such as a stream.

Looking To The Future

Hydroelectricity currently provides about 20% of the world’s energy. This can only increase as new technology is created. Awareness is very important. The more people know about hydroelectric energy the more likely they will be to use it. It is very clean, producing no direct CO2 emissions and no waste products. Norway is one country on the forefront of the movement as about 99% of their electricity is made with hydropower. The UK currently uses hydropower to produce about 1.8% of its total electricity and 18% of its renewable energy.

As the prices of gas continue to rise, citizens begin to look for ways to live cheaper. Getting off the grid is completely possible with careful planning and a few lifestyle changes. The only way we can truly be free is to be self-reliant. Nobody is going to make the change for you. You have to be willing to put in the effort to make money-saving changes for your family. Alternative energy comes in many forms and new technologies are making it more easily available to regular citizens. Changes in laws forces companies to be more economically responsible. It is up to us as individuals to do our part to make sure these changes continue to have a positive effect on our environment.



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