Monday, August 27, 2012

World's Largest Hydro power Project Opens in China

World's most powerful dam opens in China as gushing water generates the same power as 15 nuclear reactors...

The giant and controversial Three Gorges Dam in China has launched the last of its generators, which experienced its largest flood peak this year, with a peak flow of 70,000 cubic meters of water per second. The final 32 generators went into operation this week, making it the world's largest hydro power project, built on the Yangtze River in the Hubei Province.

It is designed to decrease the risk of flooding during the current peak rainfall season, as well as store and distribute water during the dry periods. The dam is working to take the edge off the fierce flood and reduce its impact on the river's lower reaches by storing at least 26,000 cubic meters of flood water every second, the Yangtze River flood control and drought relief.

Water outflow from the dam currently measures 43,000 cubic meters per second. It's to be noted that the construction of the dam, which forced the relocation of 1.4 million people, has been heavily criticized by experts worldwide, and residents of nearby areas. Here is a series of incredible photos show the sheer force of the flood water released from seven spillways after heavy downpours in the upper reaches of the dam caused the highest flood peak of the year. Take a look...

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