Engineering

The Top 10 of the Largest Hydroelectric Power Stations Worldwide

Hydroelectric power is one of the cleanest energy sources. We show the 10 largest hydroelectric power stations of the world, which are already on the net sorted by their nominal power.

10 Churchill Falls

The Churchill falls hydroelectric is located in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It has a nominal capacity of 5,428 Gigawatts and lands it on the tenth place of the largest hydroelectric plants in the world. The construction work began in 1967, the current production started in 1971. The last turbine started its operations in 1974.

9 Robert Bourassa

Robert Bourassa
Robert Bourassa

The storage power station with its 5,616 gigawatt power is located in the Canadian province of Québec. A dam impounds the La Grande Rivière, therefore the related power plant was formerly la Grande-2. The construction started in 1973, since 1979, the power plant produces electricity of a drop height of more than 130 meters.

8 Reservoir Krasnoyarsk

Reservoir Krasnoyarsk
Reservoir Krasnoyarsk

This hydroelectric power plant is located in Siberia near the town of the same name. A dam which impounds the river Yenisei to a large lake. The rating of the associated power plant is 6 Gigawatts. The project was realized between 1961 and 1968.

7 Sayano Shushenskaya Reservoir

Sayano Shushenskaya

Still slightly higher than in Krasnoyarsk is the performance of the Sayano Schuschensker dam: your plant does 6.4 Gigawatts, making it Russia’s largest hydroelectric power plant. It is something above the Krasnoyarsk reservoir, located on the yenisei River and was built between 1963 and 1988.

6 Grand Coulee

Grand Coulee
Grand Coulee

The Grand Coulee Dam which impounds the Columbia River in the U.S. State of Washington on the West coast of the United States. The first phase of construction of the dam was completed in 1941, at the time it was considered the largest in the world. First of all, it was meant for irrigation purposes, but especially energy was needed in World War 2, so that electricity production was priority. The dam and power plant performance have been extended in 1966. Today, Grand Coulee comes to 6,809 gigawatts.

5. Tucuruí

Tucuruí
Tucuruí

The Tucuruí dam in north-west Brazil, in the State of Pará is located with its associated hydroelectric power plant. This brings it to a rating of 8.37 Gigawatts and is the second largest hydroelectric power plant in Brazil. It impounds the RioTocantins and was built between 1975 and 1984. Since 2007, it has its present capacity.

4. Guri (Simón Bolívar)

Guri
Guri

The hydroelectric power plant of the Venezuelan Guri dam number 4 of the largest hydroelectric power stations in the world reached 8.85 Gigawatts. It impounds the Rio Caroni river above its confluence with the Orinoco River. Construction began in 1963, current performance reached the power plant only with the last expansion in 1986.

3. Xiluodu

Xiluodu
Xiluodu

The hydroelectric power plant at the Xiluodu dam in the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan was 2013 officially put into operation. It impounds the headwaters of the Yangtze River and is second largest with a rated output of 13.86 Gigawatts in China the world’s third largest hydroelectric power plant, as well as the. The German firm Voith supplied much of the turbines.

2. Itaipú

ItaipU
Itaipu

Itaipú means as much as “The stone that sings” and is the name of the second largest hydroelectric power station in the world. The construction of the joint project between Brazil and neighboring Paraguay lasted from 1975 to 1982. Today, the powerhouse behind the dammed River Paraná delivers power with a capacity of 14 GW.

1. Three Gorges

Three Gorges
Three Gorges

Undisputed No.1 hydro lands three gorges. It got its name because of the dam, which was completed in 2007, which impounds the Yangtze River by three well known gorges. The rated output of the power plant is the operator with 22.5 Gigawatts.