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The Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant: A History

2 pages | 430 words

The Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant is a hydroelectric dam on the Paraná River that forms the border between Brazil and Paraguay. The dam was completed in 1984, and it took nine years and US$20 billion to build. The power plant has 20 turbo generators that can produce 14 gigawatts (GW) of electricity – enough to power the whole of Paraguay and more than 60% of Brazil. In 2016, the Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant set a world record by producing 103.1 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity in one year.

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The Hoover Dam: Engineering Success of the 20th Century

6 pages | 1410 words

The Hoover Dam is a massive concrete dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. It was built during the Great Depression by more than 21,000 workers from all over the United States. The dam's main purpose was to control periodic floods, provide a regular water supply for states around Nevada, California, and Arizona, and generate hydroelectric power. The dam has been successful in all these endeavors, but its most visible success has been in generating hydroelectric power. Today, the Hoover Dam is one of the largest producers of electricity in the United States.

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