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For decades now, we have prioritized using green energy. The world has realized the
need to eradicate the ever-growing issue of climate change. Of all the techniques, I am familiar
with wind, water, and bio-digester-based renewable energy. However, I recently learned of ocean
energy, which is fascinating. Ocean energy works more or less like wind energy. The technology
uses turbines like windmills (figure 1). Nonetheless, these turbines run on tidal currents instead
of wind. The blades turn a rotor that powers a generator and produces electricity (EIA, 2021).
Figure 1: Tidal turbine (TME, 2022)
Real Engineering (2019) provides a comprehensive video explaining how tidal energy
can be utilized to produce electricity.
According to the video, the ocean changes tides four times a day. Hence, there are
continuously moving tidal waves that can be harnessed for electric power. The 100% renewable
energy is highly efficient and can help solve the world emission crisis. I was perplexed to realize
that the higher density of ocean water facilitates the creation of smaller tidal turbines, yet they
are highly efficient. Simec Atlantis created its prototype, installed in Strangford’s Lough in
Ireland. Two 16-meter diameter tidal turbines were installed, wielding a nameplate capacity of
0.6 MWs each. Astonishingly, a similarly capable windmill would be 40 meters i…
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