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Hydropower makes 16% of world electricity | January 31, 2013

Dear friend of Technical English! 

This once we will discuss hydropower. Hydro accounted for 16% of global electricity consumption. In 2009/2010 11 000 hydro power plants (HPPs) in 150 countries were generating electricity. The total electricity generated by HPPs in 2009 reached 3 329 TWh, 16.5% of global electricity production.

 So, pay attention and make comments to the technical text below. Enjoy!

English: Annual electricity net generation in ...

 Sayano-Shushenskaya Hydro Power Plant

The Sayano–Shushenskaya hydro power plant is the largest power plant in Russia by the installed capacity and the sixth-largest operating hydro power plant in the world at present. The HPP is part of the Yenisei Cascade that is located in the territory of the Krasnoyarsk district and the Republic of Khakassia. It comprises three stages:

  1. Sayano–Shushenskaya HPP(installed capacity — 6400 MW);
  2. Maynskaya HPP (installed capacity — 321 MW);
  3. Krasnoyarskaya HPP(installed capacity — 6000 MW).

 All hydro power plants were designed by the institute „Lengidroproject“. The main consumers of electricity produced by the HPPs are undertakings of the aluminium smelter company „Rusal“. The considerable part of produced electricity is delivered to the energy system of Siberia.

Hydro  power plant and machinery

At the Sayano–Shushenskaya HPP 10 hydropower turbine and generator units are installed each of capacity 640 MW at 194-metre (636 Ft) head. The efficiency coefficient of a turbine in an optimal zone makes about 96%, the total weight of a turbine is 1440 t..

The turbines power up 10 hydrogenerators, equipped with a rotor of 10.3 m diameter, generating electricity at 15.75 kV. The turbines were manufactured at the “Leningradsky Metallichesky Zavod”, whereas the works “Electrosila” manufactured and supplied generators.

English: Generator Hall of Sayano–Shushenskaya...

   One generating power unit consists of two

   neighbour  hydropower turbine and generator units and  runs for one group  of three one-phase transformers each of capacity   5333 MWA at voltage 15.75/500 kV (in total 15 main transformers are installed at the HPP).

The open switchyard at 500 kV is located in the distance of 1.2 km lower along the current of the Yenisei river. The electricity is delivered from the HPP to the switchyard through three electricity transmission lines along the left bank of the river and two transmission lines using the long-span support placed on the rock excavation on the right bank. The electric power from the switchyard to the energy system is provided through four transmission lines at 500 kV.

 Sayano-Shushenakaya dam constructions

The station constructions include the concrete arch-gravity dam, an administrative power plant building located near the dam, and an additional spillway. The dam of 245.5 metres (805 ft) high raises up the maximum head of 220 metres (720 ft). Water pressure for the dam is approximately 30 million tons, 60% of which is neutralized by the dam own weight and 40% is carried to rock on the bank.

The dam is constructed to “safely” withstand earthquakes up to 8 on the Richter scale. It was recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records for the strongest construction of its type.

The dam supports the Sayano-Shushenskoye reservoir, with a total capacity of 31.34 km3, useful capacity of 15.34 km3 and surface area of 621 km2 (240 sq mi).

Sayano–Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station

PS:  You can find unknown words and expressions from the area of power engineering (including hydro power) in TrainTE Vocabulary (Power engineering: English–Russian-Czech vocabulary and in  Technical English Vocabulary – power engineering (Russian–English–Czech vocabulary).





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    Comment by arclight2011 — April 15, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

    • Thank you very much for very interesting information you´ve just recommended. I am especially interested in storage of electricity produced by renewables. I think it is a principal problem that has not been solved yet.
      All the best
      Galina Vitkova

      Comment by gvitkova — April 15, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

      • most schemes for wind and solar storage are looking at filling up dams with water and using hydro.. denmark is building an offshore dam/lake! that should be interesting.. to little research going into wind solar use of canal waterways and modern steam systems, not to mention ship sails for travel (it got very quick just as steam came along.. and safer too!) we live in interesting times.. i hope the scientists will be allowed to think “outside the box” and not kept to narrow parameters.. peace

        Comment by arclight2011 — April 15, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

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