Question: What kind of power output does hydroelectric power produce?
Answer: Hydroelectric dams use the energy of water flowing downhill to power turbines that generate electricity. The famous Hoover Dam produces 4.2 billion kWh per year on average. The potential energy that the water has from being on the uphill side of the dam, as a result of gravity, is used to spin the large blades of the turbine converting the energy to mechanical energy (the moving turbines and shaft). This mechanical energy is then used to drive electric motors which generates electrical energy that can be easily transmitted over large distances.
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