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What is Hydroelectricity?

Hydroelectricity is electricity generated by hydropower i.e., the production of electrical power through the use of the gravitational force of falling or flowing water.  The term 'micro-hydroelectricity' is used to describe installations with a capacity to generate up to a maximum of 100kW.

The energy of the flowing water is converted into mechanical energy by a turbine, and from mechanical energy to electricity by the generator.  This electricity can then be either used locally, or distributed on the national grid.

With a high level of precipitation distributed throughout the year, hydroelectricity is ideally suited to the Irish climate.

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