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Let's Energize! Bridgeport's Future in Energy: Hydropower
Transcript of Let's Energize! Bridgeport's Future in Energy: Hydropower
What will happen in the future? Is it a possibility in Bridgeport?
Hydropower is a possibility for Bridgeport because the city is on the water. They can use wave turbines to contain energy and distribute it out to homes and public places all around Bridgeport. Hydropower could definitely happen in the future in Bridgeport because of the easy accessibility.
Hydropower is electrical energy produced by the falling or flowing of water.
oldest source of energy, used thousands of years ago to grind grain
first industrial usage in 1880 at the Wolverine Chair Factory in Grand Rapids, Michigan
first power plant opened on Sept. 30th 1882 on Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin
disturbance of habitat
making separate water routes during process
amount of water can change
water temperature can increase
water quality can lessen
The force of the waves has to be strong enough to push the blades to get the turbine to accelerate.
From this action the reaction is energy building up and able to be distributed around the world.
The turbines are at rest and they are being acted upon by an unbalanced force, the water, pushing them to generate energy.
energy production harnesses kinetic energy through moving water
Mechanics and Motion
The use of hydroelectricity prevents the burning of 22 gallons of oil & coal each year.
Hydropower comes from any moving water source
located in rivers, oceans, water falls, or seas (ex. Columbia River, Niagara Falls)
the faster the flow of the water the more energy production
flows through a pipe, or penstock
it pushes the blades on a turbine
the turbine generates energy
can be found everywhere
Hydroelectric power stations can be set up in almost any size
big enough to power a whole city
Advantages and Disadvantages
⅕ of the world’s energy
7% of the total US energy resource
most used renewable energy source in US
56% of generation of all renewable resources (from 2012 statistics)
Usage in the US and the World
One really cool thing about New Zealand is that they generate a lot of their electricity through hydropower
It’s been part of their energy system for over 100 years, and makes up around 54% of the country’s total energy production and 11% of the country’s energy usage.
The Hydro-power plant, Jaruga, under the Skradinski buk waterfall, is the second oldest hydro-power plant in the world. It was also the first built in Europe, on August 28th 1895,just three days after the world’s first hydro-power plant at Niagara Falls
Hydroelectricity Video Clip
The owner of a qualified hydroelectric power plant is entitled to payment from the government in the US. The payments must go directly to funding for the facility.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), created in 1977, provides licenses for hydroelectric plants
energy laws provide affordable energy to citizens of the US
they control the use of taxation on renewable and non-renewable resources
FirstLight Power Resources operates conventional hydro stations on the Housatonic River.
usually only in use when there are high demands for electricity
they have a 29-megawatt pumped-storage hydroelectric facility in New Milford, Connecticut.
Litchfield, CT, New Milford, CT, Falls Village, CT, Colebrook, CT, Windham, CT, Southbury, CT, Monroe, CT, Preston, CT all have hydroelectric facilities powered by FirstLight
Connecticut or Local Information
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