The Effect Of Tidal Power On The Environment

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In the world today, we consume ungodly amounts of fossil fuels. Many choose to ignore that we will indeed run out of these fuels, as for now they are here and they are cheap. So what happens when they run out? We will need to rely on alternative forms of energy. There are several types of alternative energy sources such as wind, geothermal, solar, and tidal. Of these in the current day, the easiest one to predict is tidal power. Tidal power, in Tom Marsik’s words, is in its “infant stage of development.” Tom Marsik is a professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus who runs the Sustainable Energy Program and has a doctorate in physics. From his description, it is not cost effective for many places in its current state. The technology is there, but it has not been refined and mastered. All this considered, tidal power should be a technology that continues to be developed because it is predictable, renewable, and highly efficient.
Essentially, tidal power works like wind power in the way that it is designed. It is a submerged fan by the looks, and its rotor is connected to a generator that creates electricity. When the tides are moving both in and out fast enough to rotate the blades on a tidal powered generator, electricity is generated. Pretty simple right? The concise answer is yes, but the concerns are there as well. To begin with, electricity and water do not go together very well. To make a machine that generates electricity underwater gets to be
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