China: Three Gorges Hydro Sets Generation World Record

  • The Three Gorges Hydroelectric Power Station on China’s Yangtze River has generated 111.8 billion kWh in 2020, a new world record.
  • It beat the previous world record for hydropower generation of 103.098 billion kWh set by Brazil’s Itaipu hydroelectric plant in 2016.

The clean energy produced by the Three Gorges Hydroelectric Power Station in 2020 is estimated to be equivalent to saving about 34.39 million tonnes of standard coal and preventing the emissions of carbon dioxide by 94.02 million tonnes.

Chen Hui, head of the Three Gorges hydroelectric plant, said the new world record is of great significance considering the COVID-19 epidemic and floods in the Yangtze River basin in 2020. “At the beginning of 2020, the hydropower station continued to increase its output and the clean electricity it transmitted to eastern, central and southern China reached the highest level in the same period in history, which provided a strong basic energy guarantee for epidemic prevention and control and work resumption in China”.

With 34 hydropower turbo-generators, the Three Gorges hydro facility has been the world’s largest power station in terms of installed capacity (22,500 MW) since 2012.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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