Three Gorges Dam

China has the largest dam for hydroelectricity


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In 2012, China’s Three Gorges Dam surpassed the Itaipu hydroelectric power project in Brazil and Paraguay to become the world’s biggest hydroelectric dam (in terms of energy output). The Three Gorges Dam has a producing capacity of 22,500 megawatts (MW), whereas the Itaipu Dam has a capacity of 14,000 MW. However, over the course of a year, both dams may generate roughly the same amount of energy since seasonal changes in water supply on China’s Yangtze River restrict power output at Three Gorges for a number of months.

Three Gorges has a height of approximately 594 feet (181 metres (m)) and a length of around 7,770 feet (2, 335 m). The dam generates the Three Gorges Reservoir, which has a surface area of approximately 400 square miles (1,045 square kilometres) and extends around 370 miles upstream from the dam (600 kilometers). The Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River in Washington State is the biggest in the United States, with a generating capacity of about 6,800 MW (5th overall worldwide).


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