Three Gorges

Three Gorges

14. 6. 2022 0 By toner

Three Gorges

The Three Gorges is not only a dam, but also the power plant with the highest output in the whole world. The hydroelectric power plant consists of a total of 32 turbines with an output of 700 MW, so the total output is 22400 MW.

The long-planned dam, which was postponed for a long time due to high financial costs, was completed in 2006. The first generators started supplying electricity to the grid in 2008, and others were added in 2011. This year, the power plant reached its planned output.

Technical parameters Three Gorges

commission date power station 2003–2012
turbines 32 × 700 MW
2 × 50 MW Francis-type
annual generation 101.6 TWh (366 PJ) (2018)
installed capacity 22,500 MW
capacity factor 45%
type conventional
hydraulic head Rated: 80.6 m (264 ft)
Maximum: 113 m (371 ft)
total capacity reservoir 39.3 km3 (31,900,000 acre⋅ft)
maximum length reservoir 600 km
catchment area reservoir 1,000,000 km2 (390,000 sq mi)
type of dam gravity dam
height of dam 181 m (594 ft)
lenght of dam 2,335 m (7,661 ft)

Three Gorges
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