Dundee Science Centre – Water Power: The power of H2O!
Hydropower is energy from the movement of water and is a renewable source of energy. Being able to harness this energy is a very ancient skill. Converting the energy from flowing water into electricity is a renewable source because the water cycle is constantly renewed by the sun.
Hydro turbines can convert 90% of available energy into electrify – this means they are very good at their job!
The best way to see how the movement energy from water is changed into mechanical energy is to see it in action, so today we are going to make our own water turbine and use the hydropower to lift a weight. Follow the Water Turbine Worksheet (PDF) as well as this handy slideshow (below) to help you work through the instructions.
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