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E198
Advances in Hydroelectric Power Technology

Jeffrey Havelin, PE

This course will review the hydropower principles, present and future applications, and various design criteria. Hydropower, also known as hydroelectric power, is a reliable, domestic, emission-free resource that is renewable through the hydrologic cycle and harnesses the natural energy of flowing water to provide clean, fast, flexible electricity generation. Hydropower, one of our nation’s most important renewable energy resources, has grown over the last century from 45 hydroelectric facilities in 1886 to more than 2,000 facilities in 50 states and Puerto Rico that contribute approximately 80,000 megawatts (MW) to our nation’s electrical capacity. That represents about 10% of our country’s electrical generating capability and provides more than 75% of the electricity generated from renewable sources.

Water power — it can cut deep canyons, chisel majestic mountains, quench parched lands, and transport tons — and it can generate enough electricity to light up millions of homes and businesses around the world. Hydropower, also known as hydroelectric power, is a reliable, domestic, emission-free resource that is renewable through the hydrologic cycle and harnesses the natural energy of flowing water to provide clean, fast, flexible electricity generation. Hydropower, one of our nation’s most important renewable energy resources, has grown over the last century from 45 hydroelectric facilities in 1886 to more than 2,000 facilities in 50 states and Puerto Rico that contribute approximately 80,000 megawatts (MW) to our nation’s electrical capacity. That represents about 10% of our country’s electrical generating capability and provides more than 75% of the electricity generated from renewable sources.

This course is based entirely on “Hydropower - Setting a Course for our Energy Future", July 2004, U.S. Department of Energy- Publication DOE/GO-102004-1981. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials. You will be quizzed on the attached document in its entirety.


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