Trip to hidroenergia de General
MU Engineering Study Abroad Department
By Haley Reed
University of Missouri students traveled to Costa Rica for an introduction to global engineering and leadership. The first of its kind, the trip took 20 students from a variety of study disciplines in March to international engineering companies, universities, national parks and lush landscapes from the Atlantic to Pacific coasts of Costa Rica.
MU engineering students toured the Hidroenergia de General, or Hydropower General plant. The plant is located downstream from Braulio Carrillo National park on the General River, about 31 miles away from San Jose, the capital city.
The hydroelectric plant produces over 200,000 megawatts of renewable energy every year. The green energy generated from two vertical axis turbines is sold to Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. The state-owned institution distributes the energy around Costa Rica, providing an alternative to thermal energy that emit fossil fuels.
Jose Aguilar, energy engineer, gave MU students a tour of the plant facilities at its base and at the reservoir.