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Hydropower: The Largest Source of Renewable Energy (3 credit hours/3 HSW Hours)
Hydropower is currently the largest source of renewable electricity generation in the United States, representing approximately 7% of total generation. Larger plants with water storage capability will play an important role in the future development of wind and solar power generation by providing back-up power to smooth out the fluctuations associated with these variable power sources.  This 3 hour course describes the technology of hydropower generation and provides estimates of hydropower availability.  The advantages of generating electricity by hydropower rather than by fossil fuels are presented.  Environmental impacts such as impounding water, flooding terrestrial habitats, and preventing the movement of fish and aquatic organisms, sediments, and nutrients are also described.  Barriers to the expansion of hydropower, such as the high capital cost of new hydropower projects and the lengthy licensing and approval process are discussed.
Mark Rossow
  • Students will know how to estimate hydropower availability.
  • Students will learn the environmental advantages of hydropower over generation of power from fossil fuels.
  • Students will be able to identify social disadvantages of hydropower.
  • Students will understand manufacturing and materials requirements of hydropower.
  • Students will be cognizant of the potential for and barriers to expansion of hydropower.

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