• Levels 1-2
  • 25 Jun 2023
  • 1 min read

Hydro turbine

Hiko ā wai

Hydropower or hydroelectric power is one of the largest sources of renewable energy. It uses the energy of fast-moving water (either gravitational potential energy or kinetic energy) to produce power. The speed of water provides energy as it travels through the turbines making them spin at a high rotation. The turbine is connected to a generator that turn the spinning turbine into electrical energy. Genesis has hydropower stations around Aotearoa such as Tekapo, Tongariro and Waikaremoana. 

Within this resource, student will explore and experience how energy is carried by moving water. They can attempt to build their own water turbine to develop understanding and describe how the energy of the moving water makes the turbine spin.