Text About hydroelectricity

TLF ID M012964

This resource is a web page contains information about generating electricity using the energy of flowing water. It gives a brief description, with an annotated diagram, of the way in which the potential energy of water in a dam can be used to drive a turbine to generate electricity. It also provides information about hydroelectric power stations and the use of hydroelectricity in Australia and around the world.



Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource is very useful for the Australian Curriculum content descriptions in year 6 science about using energy from a variety of resources to generate electricity, and in year 7 science about some of the Earth's resources being renewable and others non-renewable. It describes how the potential energy stored in water can be used to generate electricity and identifies hydroelectricity as the world's largest renewable energy resource.
  • The resource can contribute to students attaining the elements of the year 6 achievement standard about describing how energy can be transformed from one form to another, and the year 7 achievement standard about the way in which resources are cycled through the Earth's systems and how they can be used sustainably. The transformation of the energy in water captured in a dam into electrical energy is outlined.
  • The resource is relevant to the sustainability cross-curriculum priority, particularly the eighth organising idea about designing actions for sustainability. It discusses maximising the benefits of dams originally built for other purposes and the use of hydroelectricity on a small or large scale.
Year level

6; 7

Learning area
  • Science

Other details

Contributors
  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Clean Energy Council
  • Organization: Clean Energy Council
  • URL: http://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au
  • Publisher
  • Name: Clean Energy Council
  • Organization: Clean Energy Council
  • Description: Publisher
  • URL: http://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Text
  • Image
Rights
  • Copyright Clean Energy Council. You may use and reproduce the material free of charge for non-commercial educational purposes provided you retain all acknowledgements.