Tidal energy

Tidal energy is an approach to generating electric power from tidal currents in a manner similar to wind energy. At a basic level, tidal turbines are the equivalent of underwater windmills. The strong underwater currents of Puget Sound's Admiralty Inlet have been identified as a potential source of electricity for nearby utilities.

 

Source: Encyclopedia of Puget Sound

Tidal turbines like this one developed by OpenHydro, Ltd. will be installed in Puget Sound in mid 2015 as part of a demonstration project. Sustainable, large-scale development of tidal energy will require studying and learning from these early-stage projects. Image source: OpenHydro, Ltd./DCNS

OVERVIEW

Tidal energy in Puget Sound

Scientists have identified the strong underwater currents of Puget Sound's Admiralty Inlet as a potential source of electricity for nearby utilities. The following article describes some of the basic principles and mechanisms of tidal energy.  

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