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10 largest power stations of the world

Besides government agencies and electrical engineers, power generation has become a matter of everyone’s concern as shortage of power has become a very real issue with the global energy costs going up. Power generation can be achieved from different modes such as thermo, hydro, eco-friendly or nuclear energy. As the world is becoming more industrialized, the hydro and nuclear power stations are responsible for achieving the necessary power. Let us take a look at the 10 largest power stations of the world in terms of current installed electrical capacity.

  1. Three Georges Dam: When it comes to installed capacity, it is the world’s largest power station. It spans the Yangtze River by the town of Sandouping, located in Yiling District, Yichang, Hubei province, China.
  2. Itaipu Dam: The Itaipu Dam spans across Parana River, which is located on the border of Paraguay and Brazil. When it comes annual energy generation, it is the largest hydroelectric facility.
  3. Xiluodu Dam: The Xiluodu Dam is an arch dam on the Jinsha River, i.e. the upper course of the Yangtze River in China. The dam contains several spillways to include seven surface outlets, eight mid-level orifices and four spillway tunnels
  4. Guri Dam: The Guri Dam is a concrete gravity and embankment dam in Bolívar State, Venezuela on the Caroni River. It finds a place among the most powerful hydroelectric power stations.
  5. Tucurui Dam: The Tucurui Dam is a concrete gravity dam on the Tocantins River located on the Tucurui County in the State of Para, Brazil. It is the first large-scale hydroelectric project in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest
  6. Kashiwazaki Nuclear Power Plant: The plant is owned and operated by The Tokyo Electric Power Company(TEPCO).It  is a large, modern (housing the world’s first ABWR) nuclear power plant on a 4.2-square-kilometer (1,038 acres) site including land in the towns of Kashiwazaki and Kariwa in Niigata Prefecture, Japan on the coast of the Sea of Japan, from where it gets cooling water.
  7. Grand Coulee: Grand Coulee is a gravity dam on the Columbia River in the U.S state of Washington built to produce hydroelectric power and provide irrigation. It is the largest electric power-producing facility in the United States.
  8. Longtan Dam: Longtan Dam is a large roller-compacted concrete (RCC) gravity dam on the Hongshui River in Tian’e County of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, a tributary of the Xi River and the Pearl River.
  9. Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam: The Sayano–Shushenskaya Dam is located on the Yenisei River, near Sayanogorsk in Khakassia, Russia. When it comes to average power generation, it is the sixth-largest hydroelectric plant in the world and the largest in Russia.
  10. Bruce Nuclear Generating Station: Bruce Nuclear Generating Station is a Canadian nuclear power station located on the eastern shore of Lake Huron, in the communities of Inverhuron and Tiverton, Ontario. It occupies 932 ha (2300 acres) of land.

The below infographic by Temporary Power Solutions introduces you to the above mentioned power stations with some interesting facts.


The 10 Largest Power Stations Infographic


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