The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) refers to capacity as the maximum output of electricity that a generator can produce under ideal conditions.
The Three Gorges Dam is a hydroelectric gravity dam that spans the Yangtze River by the town of Sandouping, in Yiling District, Yichang, Hubei province, China, and is the world's largest power station in terms of installed capacity (22,500 MW). The dam was expected to provide 10% of China's power. However, electricity demand has increased more quickly than previously projected. Even fully operational, on average, it supports only about 1.7% of electricity demand in China in the year of 2011, when the Chinese electricity demand reached 4692.8 TWh.At second, is the 13,860MW Xiluodu Dam of China, followed by Xiangjiaba Dam of China which generates 6,448MW.
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Largest hydroelectric dam in the world. Three Gorges Dam of China is the largest hydroelectric dam in the world with an installed capacity of 22,500MW. Completed in 2008, the 181-meter tall dam has a structural volume of 27.40 million m3 and holds up to 39.30 billion m3 of water.
3rd largest hydroelectric dam in the world. Xiluodu Dam of China is the third-largest hydroelectric dam in the world with an installed capacity of 13,860MW. Completed in 2013, the 285.50-meter tall dam holds up to 12.67 billion m3 of water in its reservoir.
3rd Largest hydroelectric dam in Asia. Xiangjiaba Dam of China is the third-largest hydroelectric dam in Asia with an installed capacity of 6,448MW. Completed in 2012, the 161-meter tall dam holds up to 5.16 billion m3 of water in its reservoir.
Located in China, Longtan Dam is a 216.20-meter tall dam with a structural volume of 7.67 million m3. Completed in 2009, Longtan Dam can hold up to 27.27 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 6,426MW.