Definition - What does Hydroelectric mean?

A Hydroelectric is a device which uses water (hydra) to generate electricity. In large scale the hydroelectric plants convert the kinetic energy of water into mechanical energy which in turn is converted into the electrical energy. In places where there is a good availability of water, hydroelectric systems are used for electricity generation. The advantage of a hydroelectric system is that it is a clean form of energy.

Petropedia explains Hydroelectric

Hydroelectric power is clean power used around the world. Hydroelectric power plants are used as a base as well as peak load plants for the energy requirements. The electricity produced from hydroelectric plants can be used in running oilfield equipment, refineries, wellhead platforms, other industries and powering residential houses. There are various advantages of hydroelectric power as:

  • It is free of cost
  • No pollution
  • Available in abundance

Hydroelectric power systems also require a big dam for storage of water. The hydroelectric power systems are of various sizes depending on the requirement, availability of space and also availability of water.

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