Hydropower

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You should stop seeing water as just a vital liquid; it is much more than just that. The use of water as an alternative energy source is much better than any other because it is not contaminating and it is a resource that is available worldwide. Energy sources like coal and oil pollute the environment and produce toxic waste and greenhouse gas; this gas increases the levels of CO2 emissions and contributes to the fast rising of Global Warming (Hesterman). According to The Free Dictionary by Farlex, Hydropower is the energy produced by running or falling water that is used for driving machinery, especially for generating electricity. Even though it is not contaminating Hydropower is not completely accepted mainly because of its high construction costs, damage to wildlife habitats and stationary nature of its resource. In my opinion, Hydropower is very effective and should be used more to produce energy because it does not damage our environment as much as other energy sources do, it only needs to be fixed in some areas to become the most reliable alternative energy source there is.
I will establish the following points and reasons that support my opinion: the functioning of a hydropower plant, the renewability and cleanness of the process and the advantages and limitations to hydropower development. Besides being a very clean energy source, the functioning of a Hydropower plant is not complicated at all. Hydropower dams are what convert the flow of water to electricity. What it does is that it stores lots of water behind it in the reservoir. Near the bottom of the dam wall there is the water intake. Gravity causes it to fall through the penstock inside the dam. At the end of the penstock there is a turbine, which is turned by the moving water. The shaft from the turbine goes up into the generator, which produces the power. Power lines…...

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