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Hydro-dam-icon.png Blueprint:
Hydroelectric Power Plant
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Clean, safe, efficient.
Construction Cost Credits8,500 · Licenses 150 · Carbon 20 · Microchips 25 · Generator 5 · Maintenance Unit 3 · Alwinic Anion Catalyst 1
Maintenance Cost Ecobal-icon.png -10 ·  Balance -140 · Energy +500
Size 1 Dam Slot
Hitpoints 3500
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Unlock 1 Researcher

Hydro Power, short for Hydroelectric Power, is the production of electricity using the flow of water through a dam. Water moving through the dam from the reservoir behind turns a turbine which itself powers a generator which produces the electrical current. In Anno 2070, you're able to build a dam with a Hydroelectric Power Plant in it. That way, you can generate your own Hydro Power.

Because the Hydroelectric Power Plant produces so much energy so cheaply (the only cheaper alternative is the Nuclear Power Plant), and that it is 100% green and safe (no risk of accidents unlike the Nuclear Power Plant), it's the perfect, albeit limited, energy source for both Eco and Tycoon players. The power generation can be increased to 700 units by having a three star rarity Ark upgrade activated, or if you install all 3 power upgrades its output will be increased by 90%, giving you 950 units of power.

Some players experience difficulties finding an island with perfect Lake and River Slots, because the river usually occupies large parts of the island itself. But it isn't impossible to find an island which is perfect to have a dam on, and where the river isn't occupying too much space of the island. If you still experience troubles with finding a island which is perfect for a dam, check out the Recommended Maps.

The blueprint for the Hydroelectric Power Plant is created at the Academy. It requires the prototype "Alwinic Anion Catalyst". You can either discover it through research in a Lab, or buy it from Trenchcoat for 900 licenses. Note that there cannot be more than one of these in an ark, ship, or warehouse.


Most upgrades are Research Projects available at the Academy. Island wide upgrades are not available from research. Since this plant is flagged as a Tech building, it also benefits from Tech-specific island and sector wide upgrades.

Type Quality Icon Name Effect Description Costs

Warehouse Item Hydroelectric power plant item.pngConstruction plan.png Blueprint: Hydroelectric power plant
Allows the construction of a Hydroelectric Power Plant.
Clean, safe, efficient. Credits-icon.png 8,500 · Licenses-icon.png 150 · Carbon 20 · Microchips 25 · Generator 5 · Maintenance unit 3 · Alwinic anion catalyst 1

Ark Item Gold star small.png Hydroelectric power plant item.pngProductivity.png High performance Turbine Energy: +20% Pelton configuration scheme. Credits-icon.png 12,500 · Licenses-icon.png 250 · Carbon 25 · Microchips 40 · Control Module 1 · Generator 2

Ark Item Gold star small.png Hydroelectric power plant item.pngEco cost.png Improved Cargo hold cleansing Ecobalance: -30% Fewer failures due to foreign bodies. Credits-icon.png 4,000 · Microchips 15 · Filtration Plant 1

Ark Item Gold star small.pngGold star small.png Hydroelectric power plant item.pngMultiple effects.png Natural water head optimization Ecobalance: -40% Energy: +30% Perfect Turbine load. Credits-icon.png 19,000 · Licenses-icon.png 400 · Carbon 40 · Microchips 60 · Control Module 3 · Filtration Plant 2 · High performance Turbine 1

Ark Item Gold star small.pngGold star small.pngGold star small.png Hydroelectric power plant item.pngMultiple effects.png Eco-neutral diffuser technology Ecobalance: -50% Energy: +40% Protects the environment and Materials. Credits-icon.png 25,000 · Licenses-icon.png 500 · Carbon 50 · Microchips 75 · Innovative molecular filter 1 · Natural water head optimization 2