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HYDRO AND BIOFUELS 2 Hydro and Biofuels Describe how mechanical energy is harnessed from moving water and provide an example of hydropower use in the United States. Hydroelectric power harnesses moving water to produce electricity. Dams, run-of-rivers and tidal projects are used to harness moving water to provide electricity. Large volumes of water are collected into a dam and later channeled towards the turbines and helps build pressure as the water moves. The water is later used to produce mechanical energy. The water further flows down the dam. A process commonly referred to as kinetic energy is used to turn turbines [ CITATION Gru04 \l 1033 ]. The water makes the turbine blades rotate along its axis. As the turbine rotates it develops a corresponding rotation of magnets surrounding the conductors in the generator. The generator converts the mechanical energy from the turbines into electricity. What is kinetic energy and how is it used in hydroelectric applications? Kinetic energy is energy that is in motion. The concept is used in hydro-electric project to enhance fast flowing water which produces electricity. When running water form a river is blocked, gravitational energy increases as the volume of water increases. Once the block opened, water flows fast through the tubes or channels owing to the high pressure. As a result, there is high kinetic energy produced which turns the blades fast. The rotating blades are connected to
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