This course addresses how hydropower works, the various attributes by which it is compared to other renewable fuel sources and technologies, characteristics of hydropower, and the future potential of hydropower. This course is also included in the Renewable Energy Overview learning path.
List the technologies used to generate hydropower
Relate how the technologies convert the energy in water to electricity
Define key attributes that determine the benefits, costs, and challenges associated with hydropower and analyze how the technology attributes compare to other generation alternatives
Evaluate the potential role of hydropower in a region’s overall electric generation resource mix
Identify key issues for the future growth of hydropower