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Hydropower, An Oldie But A Goodie

The world’s first renewable energy source, hydropower is being overlooked as the obvious solution to the energy crisis that has arrived for humanity.
Hydropower currently produces 54% of the planet’s renewable energy, that’s more than solar, wind, and other forms of generation combined.
So, why don’t we hear much about the use of this valuable source of power generation, because it is seen as an old technology.
Utilising existing dams (of which an estimated 3% around the world are currently being used for power generation) would boost power generation massively should the idea be implemented.
Small scale hydro schemes around villages and towns for local consumption rather than being plugged into a national grid have also been suggested thus eliminating the visual pollution of pylons and making these areas more self sufficient and not reliant on central government.

Hydropower began in 1882 when the first generation plant was built. The western industrial revolution was powered primarily by hydropower but these days there is a major holdup to expanding this remarkable technology, bureaucracy. While green lights are constantly on for solar, wind and other renewable power generation technologies, hydro has been almost halted because of the emphasis on these other systems.

‘Pump storage’, the natural battery

Pump storage is a development of hydopower that has the capacity to renew itself for the generation of electricity. It works by pumping water back up into a lake during low usage hours, turning it into a hydo battery. Combing solar and hydro is potentially a game changer for renewable power generation, by using solar during the day to pump water up to a lake would enable hydopower to be generated at night thus creating a perpetual cycle.

Where I live in New Zealand hydropower is the main stay for the nation’s electricity and although ‘think big’ projects are no longer being entertained because of environmental concerns (which pale in comparison to wind and solar farms) the use of small scale hydropower systems is sadly being deliberately overlooked which is much to the detriment of a nation where streams, rivers and lakes are in abundance.
Perhaps we are witnessing a lack of foresight, perhaps incompetence or perhaps the lack of ongoing hydopower development is part of a deliberate political strategy to deconstruct the country in favour of some distorted globalist agenda. It’s certainly not helping citizens to have power cuts in the middle of winter because the grid can’t cope. What do you think?

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