Question
Hoover Dam on the Colorado River is the highest dam in the United States at 221 m, with an output of 1300 MW. The dam generates electricity with water taken from a depth of 150 m and an average flow rate of $650 \textrm{ m}^3\textrm{/s}$. (a) Calculate the power in this flow. (b) What is the ratio of this power to the facility's average of 680 MW?
1. $9.56 \times 10^8 \textrm{ W}$
2. $1.41$
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