Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Three Gorges Dam: It took 90 years but it's a marvel

It was first proposed in 1919 by Sun Yat-Sen, a Chinese political leader and finally in 2009, the dam started to create hydroelectricity. Later, 6 new power generators were added in 2011 and in 2012, the project was deemed complete.

It went through a lot of ups and downs, protests, ownership chnages etc over the years but eventually came through.

It generates a massive 22 GW of hydroelectric power. To give an idea about how big that is, only 35 countries in the world have installed capacity bigger than that. Even a country like Singapore has installed capacity lower than that.

It's a true engineering marvel...Take a look at one of the turbines.

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By Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation ( [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


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