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Hydro Energy (P Corry)
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Hydro Energy (P Corry)
Hydro Energy (P Corry)
Hydro Energy (P Corry)
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Hydro Energy (P Corry)
Hydro Energy (P Corry)
Hydro Energy (P Corry)
Hydro Energy (P Corry)
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  • 1. HYDRO ENERGY
    Paul Corry DT117/4
  • 2. What we will cover
    Facts about Hydro Energy
    How hydro energy works
    Compare Hydro energy to Burning Fuels
  • 3. Facts about Hydro energy?
    Hydro energy is using water to generate energy
    Hydro energy accounts for 20% of the worlds electricity
    In countries such as New Zealand, Switzerland and other mountainous areas, over 50% of the electricity is generated by hydro energy.
  • 4. How does it work?
    A dam is built to trap water where a source exists such as a lake or river in a valley
  • 5. Examples of Dams:
    Hoover dam, built 1936, Las Vegas Nevada
    Cost $49m to construct
  • 6. Poulaphouca dam, Wicklow Ireland, built 1930-1940
  • 7. How does hydro energy work?
    The dam is built at a water source.
  • 8. How does hydro energy work?
    The dam is built at a water source.
    The water builds up behind the dam creating a reservoir.
  • 9. How does hydro energy work?
    The dam is built at a water source.
    The water builds up behind the dam creating a reservoir.
    The water then reaches a level where it can run through tunnels in the dam
  • 10. The water then powers through tunnels in the dam which have turbines inside them.
    Because of the pressure that the large water content builds up behind the wall, it powers through the tunnels when open
    This water then turns turbines in the tunnels which generates the energy to power the generators above
  • 11.
  • 12. Advantages:
    Once the dam is built, it is virtually free to generate the energy.
    No waste or pollution created by it compared to burning fuel or nuclear energy
    More reliable than wind and solar power
    Water can be stored to deal with demands
    Electricity can be generated 24 hours a day
  • 13. Disadvantages:
    Very expensive to build the dams
    The construction of large dams can cause flooding in fields upstream
    Choosing a site can be difficult
    Water quality and quantity downstream can be affected, which can have an impact on plant life
  • 14. Comparing Hydro Energy to Burning Fuels
  • 15. MoneypointPowerstation, Co.Clare
    Moneypoint is the 2nd biggest power station in the Country.
    It accounts for approx 40% of customer demand across the country
    And it employs around 300 people
    It cost 1bn euro to construct
  • 16. Output rates:
    Total output capacity of 915MW
    These are delivered by 3 x 305MW steam-generating boiler plants
    There is a new 368m euro renovation been carried out currently to help lower its emission levels
  • 17. HOWEVER!!
    Aside of these impressive figures, there is an ugly side to this power plant!
  • 18. HOWEVER!!
    Aside of these impressive figures, there is an ugly side to this power plant!
    Figures from the EPA show that the emission levels between 2003 & 2005 were 16.8 million tonnes of Co2.
  • 19. HOWEVER!!
    Aside of these impressive figures, there is an ugly side to this power plant!
    Figures from the EPA show that the emission levels between 2003 & 2205 were 16.8 million tonnes of Co2.
    It consumes 2 million tonnes of coal each year
  • 20. HOWEVER!!
    Aside of these impressive figures, there is an ugly side to this power plant!
    Figures from the EPA show that the emission levels between 2003 & 2205 were 16.8 million tonnes of Co2.
    It consumes 2 million tonnes of coal each year
    And a Sunday Independent study revealed that the emissions for the station will cause approx. €1bn worth of environmental damage!
  • 21. Compare this to Hydro Energy
    ARDNACRUSHA DAM, CO. CLARE
  • 22. Ardnacrusha Dam, Co. Clare
    There are ZERO greenhouse emissions
  • 23. Ardnacrusha Dam, Co. Clare
    There are ZERO greenhouse emissions
    It originally had a high enough output to power the county of Clare when first Built.
  • 24. Ardnacrusha Dam, Co. Clare
    There are ZERO greenhouse emissions
    It originally had a high enough output to power the county of Clare when first Built.
    It now accounts for 2-3% of ESB’s energy requirements.
  • 25. Ardnacrusha Dam, Co. Clare
    There are ZERO greenhouse emissions
    It originally had a high enough output to power the county of Clare when first Built.
    It now accounts for 2-3% of ESB’s energy requirements.
    THE COST OF THE FUEL IS NOTHING!!!
    Cost of construction was a little over 5m pound back in the 1920’s
  • 26. Which looks better?
    Moneypoint
    Ardnacrusha
  • 27. Which would you chose?
    Limited coal, gas and oil supplies, rivers wont run out.
    Less emissions from hydro energy
  • 28. Conclusion:
    With our growing dependence on natural resources such as coal, gas and oil, and these in short supply, we must look elsewhere for an energy source.
  • 29. Conclusion:
    With our growing dependence on natural resources such as coal, gas and oil, and these in short supply, we must look elsewhere for an energy source.
    After my research, I would recommend that Hydro Energy is far more economical and easier on the environment than using fuel such as coal or oil.
  • 30. Thank You! 
    Any Questions?

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