Largest Dams in the world by Installed Capacity

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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.

In second place, the Itaipu Dam, a hydroelectric dam on the Paraná River located on the border between Brazil and Paraguay, has an installed capacity of 14,000MW.

At close third, is the Xiluodu Dam of China which generates 13,860MW of power.

 Compare Three Gorges Dam with Oroville Dam from United States.


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Three Gorges Dam.   

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.

 

 Compare Three Gorges Dam with Nurek Dam from Asia.

 Compare Three Gorges Dam with Bakun Dam from Asia.

Amazing aerial view: World's largest shiplift at Three Gorges Dam (credit: Youtube/New China TV)

Itaipu Dam.   

2nd largest hydroelectric dam in the world. Itaipu Dam of Brazil-Paraguay is the second-largest hydroelectric dam in the world with an installed capacity of 14,000MW. Completed in 1984, the 196-meter tall dam has a structural volume of 12.30 million m3 and holds up to 29 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Itaipu Dam with Ilha Solteira Dam from South America.

 Compare Itaipu Dam with Campos Novos Dam from South America.

Itaipù Dam: the world's largest generator of renewable clean energy (credit: Youtube/Total)

Xiluodu Dam.   

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.

 

 Compare Xiluodu Dam with Dagangshan Dam from Asia.

 Compare Xiluodu Dam with Hirakud Dam from Asia.

China's 2nd-largest Hydropower Station Wins Global Recognition (credit: Youtube/ CCTV Video News Agency)

Belo Monte Dam.   

2nd Largest hydroelectric dam in South America. Belo Monte Dam of Brazil is the second-largest hydroelectric dam in South America with an installed capacity of 11,233MW. Completed in 2016, the 90-meter tall dam has a structural volume of 25.36 million m3 and holds up to 1.89 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Belo Monte Dam with Jirau Dam from South America.

 Compare Belo Monte Dam with Ilha Solteira Dam from South America.

Belo Monte - Plant and Power Houses (Youtube/UHE Belo Monte)

 


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Largest Dams by Installed Capacity (MW): world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America

Tallest Dams: world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America

Dams with Largest Structural Volume: world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America

Dams with Largest Reservoir Volume: world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America


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