The Itaipu power plant is, at present, the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world as regards the generation of energy. With 20 generator units and 14,000 MW of installed power, itsupplies 18,9% of the energy consumed in Brazil and 77,0% of the Paraguayan demand.
In 2009, the Itaipu power plant generated 91.651.808 megawatts-hour (MWh), the fourth highest in 25 years of powerproduction.
The historic record for electricity production was set in 2008, with a production of 94,684,781 megawatts-hour (MWh). The previous record had been set in 2000, when Itaipu generated93,427,598 MWh.
Energy Availability per Year
The purpose of the power plant operations is to maximize water utilization during periods of low and high inflows to meet the demands of the Brazilian andParaguayan electricity systems. Optimizing the production of energy.
Production from year to year
In 2009, the Itaipu power plant generated 91,651,808 megawatts-hour (MWh), the fourth highest in 25years of power production.
This volume of power had never been achieved by any other hydro power plant in the world.
The electricity generated by Itaipu in 2009 would be enough to supply the entireworldwide consumption for about two days; serve a country like Argentina for 10 months; and Paraguay, a partner in this enterprise, for 9 years. It could also supply the electricity demand of 21cities the size of greater Curitiba for one year.
Itaipu's installed capacity is 14,000 megawatts (MW). The power plant has 20 generator units installed, each one with a ratedcapacity of 700 MW. The 19th unit was installed in 2006 and the last one in 2007.
The power ensured by Itaipu is 75 million megawatts-hour, however, the power plant turns out over 90 million MWh everyyear.
In 2008, the Itaipu Power Plant generated 94.7 million megawatts-hour (MWh), which ensured the supply of 87,3% of all the electricity used in Paraguay and 19,3% of the demand in the Brazilian...