Disadvantages And Outages: Advantages And Disadvantages Of Hydropower

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Advantages of Hydropower 1. Hydro power uses water which is a clean energy source and does not pollute our atmosphere unlike fossil fuelled power stations. 2. Hydro power can be implemented anywhere there is running water. 3. The water cycle is how hydropower creates energy and it is enabled by the sun which makes it clean renewable source. 4. At big enough hydropower instalments, there is opportunities for people to make use of the reservoir for other activities such as fishing, swimming etc. 5. Hydropower can link directly to the national grid as a backup in case of any power outages using controlled water flow which can be closed when no electricity is needed or open on high demands. 6. A benefit of Hydropower storing water in massive reservoirs helps against flooding to near-by towns and can be used as water supply for cities and local villages. 7. Hydropower stations do not require a lot of people to run, so operation cost is low. Disadvantages of Hydropower 1. Hydropower sites are very expensive to build and require decades before the plant becomes profitable because of initial money required. 2. Natural environment is destroyed due to massive flooding of areas cause damage to landscape and wildlife. 3. Building a hydropower plant could mean that rivers that used to flow now can’t because the large reservoir of water means that places could be starved of water as a result. 4. In some places where rainfall doesn’t fall for any length of time then

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