Low-Carbon Technologies: Hydroelectric Power

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Hydroelectric reservoirs generate power through the use of continuous-flow water sources.  These reservoirs typicallygenerate electricity with nominaluse of fossil fuels and very little waste product.  Because of its cleaner and more efficient energy production, hydroelectricity has been implemented in both tropical and temperate regions.  However, research on hydroelectricity use in these areas has indicated divergent levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Hydroelectric power sources have produced noticeable greenhouse gas emissions in the tropical forest areas of South America.  Mitigation techniques to reduce the methane gas and carbon dioxideproduced from such reservoirs have already been investigated and implemented in various regions.  It is most efficient to recover emitted greenhouse gases, convey them to gas turbines for combustion, and generate electricity with significantly less greenhouse gas emissions.