Tides are caused due to the periodic rise and fall of ocean waters produced by the attraction of the moon and the sun. This rise and fall of ocean waters produce a large amount of energy known as tidal energy. Generation of Tidal Energy is discussed below
Generation of Tidal Energy
- The tidal energy is harnessed by constructing a tidal barrage.
- During high tide, the seawater flows into the reservoir of the barrage and turns the turbine which in turn produces electricity by rotating generators.
- The reverse process takes place during the low tide. The seawater stored in barrage reservoirs flows out into the sea. During this process, the flowing water turns the turbines.
- In India, the prospective site for exploiting tidal energy are the Gulf of Kutch, Cambay, and Sunderbans. Other suitable sites are located near Lakshadweep Islands and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
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