Harnessing hydropower

PHOTOGRAPHS  I  NIA KUMALA SARI

Untitled-1-01 The panoramic Niagara Falls, famous among world tourists for its epic and natural beauty, is located in three different places across two countries, Canada and the United States of America.

Each country shares the waterfall, and the other one sits on the border line between Ontario, Canada, and New York, The United States.

IMG_20141004_213716Niagara River is considered the best example of water resources humans made the most out of, from drawing huge numbers of tourists and other economic interests to harnessing hydropower.

Nikola Tesla was especially commemorated here for his alternating current system that is applicable for generating electricity out of the waterfall.

Developed since the 19th century, Niagara Falls is now the largest power source for New York State, and a site for the biggest hydropower plant in western hemisphere.

Nowadays the power facilities along the river produces 4.4 gigawatts of capacity. The engineers achieve it by leaving little environmental impact, although the high density commercial zone development has caused more serious consequences. IMG_20141004_213749_resized-1