Question: What is the wasted energy for hydroelectric energy?
Answer: The energy that is wasted in hydroelectric energy plants is mostly due to the inefficiency of our methods of collecting the energy available. We are constantly improving our technologies around collecting energy from rivers with hydroelectric dams but there is still some loss of energy from the processes we use to collect it. Another source might be an emergency or routine flood gate opening which would allow water to flow through a dam without harnessing its energy. In order to keep water levels above the dam at optimal levels for energy production it is sometimes necessary to let some of the water bypass the hydroelectric system and flow freely below the dam, which would be considered to be wasted energy because it could have been used to generate electricity.
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