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World's biggest renewable power stations

Last updated on: November 16, 2011 11:41 IST

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Renewable power stations run on fuel sources such as biomass, geothermal heat, water, solar and tidal energy.

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1. Alholmens Kraft Biomass Power Station (Finland)

The Alholmens Kraft Power Station is the largest biomass power station in the world with an installed capacity of 265 MW.

The facility employs 400 people and is located at the factory premises of United Paper Mills in Alholmen, Jakobstad in Finland.

The plant uses wood-based biofuels as the main fuel.

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2. Kaukaan Voima Power Station (Finland)

Kaukaan Voima's power plant, the second biggest biomass power plant in Finland, has been in operation in Lappeenranta since February 2010.

Kaukaan Voima Power Station has a capacity of 125 MW.

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3. Hodonin Power Station (Czech Republic)

The Hodonin Power Station is one of the oldest in the Czech Republic. It was built in two stages between 1951 and 1957. This power station has a capacity of 105 MW.

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4. Rumford Cogen Power Station (United States)

Rumford Cogen Power Station in the United States has capacity of 102 MW.

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5. Igelsta Power Station (Sweden)

Started in 2009, the power station has a capacity of 85 MW.

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1. Cerro Prieto Geothermal Power Station (Mexico)

The Cerro Prieto Geothermal Power Station is the largest geothermal power station in the world, with an installed capacity of 720 MW, with plans for expansion up to 820 MW by 2012.

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2. Hellisheidi Power Station (Iceland)

The Hellisheidi Power station largest geothermal plant in Iceland. As of October 2011, the plant produces 303 MW of electricity

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3. Malitbog Geothermal Power Station (Philippines)

The 232.5 MW plant is the world's third largest geothermal plant. It is located in Malitbog, Philippines.

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4. Wayang Windu Geothermal Power Station (Indonesia)


The Wayang Windu Geothermal Power Station is the largest geothermal power station in Indonesia. The facility has a capacity of 227 MW.

 

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1. Three Gorges Dam (China)

The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtse river in China is the world's largest power station in terms of installed capacity (20,300 MW) but is second to Itaipu Dam in terms of annual electricity generation.

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2. Itaipu Dam (Brazil, Paraguay)

A hydroelectric dam on the Parana river located on the border between Brazil and Paraguay, the dam is the largest operating hydroelectric facility in terms of annual generating capacity (generating 94.7 TWh in 2008 and 91.6 TWh in 2009).

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3. Guri Dam (Venezuala)

The Guri Dam is a concrete embankment dam in Bolivar State, Venezuela on the Caroni River.

The hydroelectric plant is the third-largest in the world, with 10,200 MW capacity.

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4. Tucurui Dam (Brazil)

The Tucurui Dam is a concrete gravity dam on the Tocantins River located in Brazil.

It is the first large-scale hydroelectric project in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. The maximum capacity of the 25-unit plant is 8,370 MW.

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5. Grand Coulee Dam (United States)

Grand Coulee Dam is a gravity dam on the Columbia River in Washington built to produce hydroelectric power and provide irrigation.

It is the largest electric power-producing facility in the United States and one of the largest concrete structures in the world.

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1. Chief Joseph Dam (United States)

The Chief Joseph Dam is a concrete gravity dam on the Columbia River, 2.4 km (1.5 mi) upriver from Bridgeport, Washington.

This is the second largest hydroelectric power plant in the United States.

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2. John Day Dam (United States)

The John Day Dam is a concrete gravity run-of-the-river dam spanning the Columbia River in the northwestern United States.

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3. Beauharnois Hydroelectric Power Station (Canada)

The Beauharnois Hydroelectric Power Station is a run-of-the-river hydroelectric power station on the Saint Lawrence River, in Quebec, Canada.

The station was built in three phases, capable of generating up to 1,903 MW of electrical power.

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4. The Dalles Dam (United States)

The Dalles Dam is a concrete-gravity run-of-the-river dam spanning the Columbia River, two-miles (3 km) east of the city of The Dalles, Oregon, United States.

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5. Ghazi Barotha Dam (Pakistan)

Ghazi-Barotha Hydropower Project is a 1,450 megawatt run-of-the-river hydropower project on the Indus River in Pakistan.

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1. Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Station (South Korea)

Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Station is the world's largest tidal power installation, with a total power output capacity of 254 MW.

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2. Rance Tidal Power Station (France)

The Rance Tidal Power Station is the world's first tidal power station and second biggest tidal power station. The facility is located on the estuary of the Rance River, in Brittany, France.

Opened on the 26th November 1966, it has a capacity of 240 MW.

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3. Annapolis Royal Generating Station (United States)

The Annapolis Royal Generating Station is a 20 MW tidal power station located on the Annapolis River.

It is the only tidal generating station in North America.

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1. Sarnia Photovoltaic Power Plant (Canada)

The world's largest solar photovoltaic power plant is in Sarnia, Ontario. The plant will produce 80-megawatts of energy, which can power 12,800 homes.

Constructed by First Solar, Inc, the Sarnia Solar Project is composed of 1.3 million thin-film solar cells covering 950 acres of land.

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2. Montalto di Castro photovoltaic power station (Italy)

The project was developed by SunRay, later acquired by SunPower. It is the largest PV project in Italy.

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3. Finsterwalde Solar Park(Germany)

The Finsterwalde Solar Park is third largest photovoltaic plant. The project is located in Finsterwalde, Germany and developed by Q-Cells International and LDK Solar.



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