Sawing logs into finished lumber with a basic "portable" sawmill
The Three Gorges Dam in China; the hydroelectric dam is the world's largest power station by installed capacity.
An American sawmill,
A water piston from the Nongshu by Wang Zhen (fl. 1290–1333)
Early 20th-century sawmill, maintained at Jerome, Arizona.
Saint Anthony Falls, United States; hydropower was used here to mill flour.
Scheme of the water-driven sawmill at Hierapolis, Asia Minor. The 3rd-century mill incorporated a crank and connecting rod mechanism.
Directly water-powered ore mill, late nineteenth century
Illustration of a human-powered sawmill with a gang-saw, published in 1582.
Benoît Fourneyron, the French engineer who developed the first hydropower turbine
"De Salamander" a wind driven sawmill in Leidschendam, The Netherlands. Built in 1792, it was used until 1953, when it fell into disrepair. It was fully restored in 1989.
A shishi-odoshi powered by falling water breaks the quietness of a Japanese garden with the sound of a bamboo rocker arm hitting a rock.
A sawmill in the interior of Australia,
A conventional dammed-hydro facility (hydroelectric dam) is the most common type of hydroelectric power generation.
Modern reconstruction Sutter's mill in California, where gold was first found in 1848.
Chief Joseph Dam near Bridgeport, Washington, is a major run-of-the-river station without a sizeable reservoir.
A sawmill of Naistenlahti in Tampere, Finland, 1890s
Micro hydro in Northwest Vietnam
Oregon Mill using energy efficient ponding to move logs
The upper reservoir and dam of the Ffestiniog Pumped Storage Scheme in Wales. The lower power station can generate 360 MW of electricity.
Inside a modern sawmill equipped with laser-guided technology
Wood traveling on sawmill machinery
Sawdust waste from the mill
A sawmill in Armata, on mount Smolikas, Epirus, Greece.
A preserved water powered sawmill, Norfolk, England.
Making planks from logs
Sawmill in Luchon, France, near 1840 by Eugène de Malbos
Sawmill workers posing with saw blades, Rainy River District, between 1900-1909.
Sawmill with the floating logs in Kotka, Finland.
Logs at sawmill at Manitoulin Island [190-?]

Since ancient times, hydropower from watermills has been used as a renewable energy source for irrigation and the operation of mechanical devices, such as gristmills, sawmills, textile mills, trip hammers, dock cranes, domestic lifts, and ore mills.

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By the 11th century, hydropowered sawmills were in widespread use in the medieval Islamic world, from Islamic Spain and North Africa in the west to Central Asia in the east.

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Sawing logs into finished lumber with a basic "portable" sawmill

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