How hydroelectricity will help power Asia’s future in 21st century
Hydropower is one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways of generating electricity, especially in Asia, with China, Vietnam, Laos and Malaysia’s largest state of Sarawak all using it to generate large quantities of power.
It’s tempting to imagine hydropower as a relatively modern phenomenon – born in the 1950s and really taking root only in the 21st century.
Yet, that would ignore the fact that humans have been harnessing the power of water for well over 2,000 years, ever since the ancient Greeks used running streams to move wheels for the purposes of grinding grain.
Fast-forward two millenniums and it has become one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways of generating electricity.