Could the UK’s tides help wean us off fossil fuels?
We have made great progress utilizing wind and solar technology, but if we want to switch to more renewable energy, we need all the energy we can get.
The UK is uniquely well-positioned to exploit tidal power since it is an island nation with some of the strongest tides in the world.
In spite of its significant potential, tidal power has never been developed at a large scale, according to Dr Amanda Smyth from the University of Oxford.
This is likely to change in the near future, according to her.
British companies are leading the charge to harness the tide’s power. The rotors spin faster with an underwater kite that “flies” in the water.
Because water is such a powerful source of energy, tidal power has great potential. As a result, the energy is concentrated much more than in air due to its density.
Furthermore, it has another big advantage over renewable technologies such as wind and solar – it is predictable.
While wind and solar power are increasingly cheap to deploy, they only work when the sun shines or when the wind blows.
On the other hand, tide power can provide a steady, reliable source of energy.