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Hydropower

Hydropower is a source of renewable energy where electricity is generated by harnessing the natural power of water.

What are the uses of hydropower?

Hydropower has been used for thousands of years in watermills for the production of flour, timber, paper, textiles and many metal products.

Today, the most common application of hydropower is hydroelectricity, which generates about 15 per cent of global electricity.

FFI_Hydro_USES_500px_v1_Water mill Watermills
FFI_Hydro_USES_500px_v1_Hydroelectricity Hydroelectricity

At Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) we aim to develop hydropower resources to support the establishment of renewable green energy and green product industries around the world. We can drive these industries, powering the economy and creating jobs as we transition away from fossil fuels.

We can drive these industries, powering the global economies and creating jobs as we transition away from fossil fuels.

We know there will be many key markets for renewable green hydrogen in the coming decade and by building on our existing supply chain capabilities and market access, we see an exciting opportunity for us to be at the forefront of developing an export market for renewable green hydrogen.

How is hydropower used to make green hydrogen and green ammonia?

To produce electricity from hydropower, either the potential energy of water or kinetic energy of moving water is converted into electrical energy.

Water, usually from a reservoir or pondage, passes through turbine blades, driving a generator to convert motion into electrical energy. The volume of water and change in elevation from one point to another determines the amount of available energy – the greater the water flow and the greater the elevation drop, the more electricity is generated.

This electrical energy is transferred to a transformer and substation where its voltage is increased, allowing it to be sent via transmission to power the processes behind green hydrogen and green ammonia production.