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instead of damming rivers, put multiple water-wheels along the edge that generate electricity.
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Normally they dam rivers for other reasons then electricity.
The electricity is just a nice byproduct.
As in they dam to control the water so that it doesn't flood people at some times/years and run dry other times/years. They dam to provide water to people instead of having it run to the sea.
Also even if you where only after electricity, you want a constant source of it. Rivers are not constant things, they are faster after the snow melt for instance and can even stop running in the summer, so to have a constant electrical supply you need to dam and then regulate the water going through the turbines.
Someone should invent a handheld radar like the ones you would see in video games, usually in the top right hand corner. It might work using sonar technology.
maybe you should stop playing those video games and actually look at what's out there. the navy and air force have been trying to shrink radar for decades.
Also radar doesn't see through tree hills or buildings. The only way a foot soldier would find use is standing in the middle of an empty field.