Nine of the world’s ten largest power stations are hydroelectric plants

Autor: Patricia Pfister , 14.06.2017

The online portal euwid-energie.de has reported that nine out of the world’s ten largest power stations produce energy from hydropower. The ranking was compiled by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

In fact, four of the ten largest power stations in the world are located in China. At the very top of the mega-size power stations list is the Three Gorges Dam plant in China with a maximum power output of 22.5 GW. A fair way back in second place is the Itaipú power station on the Paraná River in the border region between Brazil and Paraguay with a maximum capacity of 14 MW. It has even surpassed  the Three Gorges Dam plant in the years 2016 and 2015 in energy production. Japan’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant was only rated sixth in the world, but was taken offline in the wake of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima plant. According to the EIA there are 62,500 power stations with a power output of 6,000 GW in operation across the globe.

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The Itaipú power station in the border region between Brazil and Paraguay takes the second place in the ranking of world's biggest power plants. But the power plant produced the most energy of any in the world, setting a new world record in 2016.

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