Itaipu can be understood as a hydroelectric dam situated on the Paraná River positioned on the boundary amid Brazil and Paraguay.
The name ‘Itaipu’ was derived from an isle that was present close to the site of construction. Itaipu in the Guarani language means ‘the sound of a stone’. In fact a symphonic cantata was also composed in the admiration of the structure by Philip Glass.
The established production capacity of the plant is about 14 GW, by means of 20 generating units of 700 MW each. It attained its production record of 93.4 billion kWh in the year 2000.
Itaipu Binacional is corporation that manages the world’s largest operational hydroelectric power plant. This dam is a bi-national enterprise that is managed by both Brazil and Paraguay at the Paraná River on the boundary segment that is about 15 km north of the Friendship Bridge amid the two countries. The project extends from Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil) as well as Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) in the south up to Guaíra as well as Salto del Guaíra in the north.
It was elected as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers in the year 1994, the results of which were published in 1995, in an American magazine ‘Popular Mechanics’.