By Schlager N., Weisblatt J.
This three-volume set introduces researchers to matters surrounding either present power resources and replacement strength recommendations. whereas there's major dialogue of the non-renewable assets now used to satisfy nearly all of the world's power wishes (oil, coal and average gas), the first concentration of the set is on more recent innovations to fulfill the ever-growing call for. those strategies comprise wind and solar power, gasoline cells, hydropower, geothermal energy and biomass strength. additionally, extra theoretical assets also are explored, together with chilly fusion, 0 aspect power and common forces. Entries speak about the technological know-how in the back of the power resource, impressive scientists and clinical discoveries, present examples of use, and the problems, demanding situations and stumbling blocks to large-scale use. prepared alphabetically by means of access identify.
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The scope of the Grand Coulee Dam amazes visitors. It is the largest concrete structure in the United States, at 11,975,521 cubic yards. 6 kilometers) long. At 550 feet (167 meters) tall, it is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty and more than twice the height of Niagara Falls. Its reservoir, Roosevelt Lake, contains up to 421 billion cubic feet of water. Its four power plants and 33 generators produce 6,809 megawatts of power annually. Alternative Energy 279 WATER ENERGY Huge turbine engines inside the Hoover Dam in Black Canyon, Nevada, supply electricity and water to California, Nevada, and Arizona.
Hydroelectric dams can also have secondary benefits. They provide flood control on rivers, and their reservoirs often serve as lakes for recreational activities such as boating and swimming. Chinese workers inspect the second section of the main dam of the Three Gorges project near Yichang in central China’s Hubei province. China blocked the massive Yangtze River on June 1, 2003, to fill a reservoir for the world’s biggest hydroelectric project that is a point of national pride but which critics fear will become an environmental nightmare.
The water comes out of the well on a wheel carrying pitchers, which then supplies the irrigation network. ª Marc Garanger/Corbis. 264 Hydroelectricity was first used in 1880, when the Wolverine Chair Factory began producing hydroelectric power for its own use in its Grand Rapids, Michigan, plant (perhaps it is no accident that the city had the word Rapids in its name). The first hydroelectric plant whose power went to multiple customers began operation on September 30, 1882, on the Fox River near Appleton, Wisconsin.