Exploring Hydropower As One of the Best Energy Alternatives

ByMick Lancaster

Hydropower is known as the energy source that allows it possible to create electricity without the use of fossil fuels. Transforming the energy created by the movement of water into usable energy seems to be an excellent idea. The source of the hydropower energy is of course water which is obviously a very abundant source. Throughout history humans have utilised water's energy in various ways in order to benefit from its features. As technology has progressed over time capturing the full potential of water's power is becoming a widely more popular and feasible option.

In the near future it is predicted that hydropower will become a more popular form of harnessing energy from water. The advantages of hydropower systems are seemingly obvious. Once they are built the energy that is formed is inexpensive and clean when compared with other power sources. And when you look at the actual amount of pollution produced by hydropower it is very minimal.

Modern society already widely uses water to power hydroelectric turbines. Tidal energy is also utilised and is indeed a reliable source of energy. However, the construction charges for the equipment and labour that is needed in order to harness this energy can be very costly, and can actually be detrimental to life across our water systems. It is definitely clear that hydropower is a smart option for a future reliable energy source, especially within countries that utilise their coastal regions. Problems that are linked with other forms of energy will always ensure that one of the most ancient power sources will linger and will continue to be exploited for years to come. All hydropower utilises is gravity and the natural current of water. If we delve deeper into the construction and use of this energy source we find that it does have its fair share of disadvantages as well.

For instance, the natural environment that fish inhabit is likely to be disturbed or altered in some way. Their surrounding habitats in which they thrive are established based on the optimum water level and the speed of water. This also provides the fish or aquatic life with their food sources. The drainage or disturbance these types of environments would endure in order to create dams or reservoirs to provide hydropower would essentially lead to great destruction of the habitat. Fish will be affected in numerous different ways subject to their size or species. We still have many fantastic waterways with thriving fish colonies due to the unspoiled conditions. The more you actually examine the environmental impact that hydropower may cause in the future if implemented on a bigger scale the more concerned fisheries and conservationists will become.

The Salmon & Trout Association: influencing national decision makers over the management and protection of salmon, trout and sea trout and raising concerns about Hydropower and other important issues.

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