In 2020, the Sanxia (Three Gorges) Hydroelectric Power Plant on the Yangtze River in China generated 111.8 billion kWh of electricity, setting a new world record.
The Chinese hydropower plant broke the previous world record for hydropower generation of 103.098 billion kWh, set by Brazil's Itaipu hydropower plant in 2016.
The clean energy generated by HPP Sanxia in 2020 is estimated to be equivalent to saving about 34.39 million tonnes of standard coal and avoiding 94.02 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
HPP Director Chen Hui said the new world record is significant given the COVID-19 epidemic and floods that hit the Yangtze River Basin in 2020.
At the beginning of 2020, the HPP continued to increase its electricity generation. The clean electricity it transports to East, Central and South China during the same period reached the highest level in history, providing an energy guarantee to fight the epidemic and resume operations in China.
With 34 hydroelectric turbine generators, the Sansya HPP has a generating capacity of 22.5 million kW.