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Tidal Energy Tidal energy is a type of energy that produces electricity and other forms of power through the use of water The tides in places that naturally hold water such as lakes and oceans make the water able to produce this energy This energy that causes the power is held in tidal waters There is so much potential energy in the earths oceans and other natural water containers that is not being used but could be Tidal Energy The method of using tidal energy for power dates back to the 11th century In that century mechanical energy was produced by having water run through a water wheel The water wheel turned as a result of this powering whatever was intended to be powered In modern day tidal energy is used to produce electricity through the rise and fall of the tides This provides electricity for coastal areas Tidal Energy The coastal areas are the only places where electricity may come from tidal energy unfortunately Just because the area is a coastal one does not mean the areas electricity can come from tidal energy The first restriction is the area must have generally high tides An ideal place for tidal energy to produce power is the Bay of Fundy in Atlantic Canada The tides in the Bay of Fundy reach up to seventeen meters these are the highest tides in the world The tides must have at least a five meter difference between high and low tides The higher the tides are the more power will be produced Morrison 2 therefore coastal areas with high tides are ideal so that there will be sufficient power for the area since tidal energy can only be produced twice a day at high tide Tidal Energy Another restriction for an area to be able to use tidal energy is the area must be financially able to afford this form of power In the area that
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