Tidal Energy Resources

Did you know there are five types of renewable ocean energy technologies? One of these is Tidal Energy, harnessing the power of the ocean’s predictable tides with undersea turbines.

Read about the World’s Largest Tidal Turbine, unveiled  in Scotland in August 2010.   The turbine could generate one megawatt (MW) of power, enough electricity for about 1,000 homes.

Also read about the SeaGen by Marine Current Turbines, Ltd. This prototype was installed in May 2008 in Northern Ireland.  This website contains images and an animation of the SeaGen that would be useful in the classroom.

Verdant Power has demonstration projects in the East River, New York and St. Lawrence River at Cornwall Ontario, Canada.  This website also contains images of tidal turbines and an animation.

To read more about Tidal Energy check out these resources:

US Department of Energy

US Energy Information Administration

Ocean Energy Council

Outer Banks Ocean Energy Corporation


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