tidal power

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tidal power

n
(Electrical Engineering) the use of the rise and fall of tides involving very large volumes of water at low heads to generate electric power
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Tidal power plants in coastal creeks of the country, however, could play a role in overcoming the chronic energy shortage.
In addition, tidal power plants in the coastal belt and revamping the Thar coal reserves will resolve this crisis to a great extent.
France, South Korea, China and Russia are among those with tidal power plants.
Unfortunately, tidal power plants can be expensive to install--the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon is a $1.5 billion investment--and the underwater location can make operations and maintenance an issue.
Olympic Delivery Authority chairman Sir John Armitt has been appointed to devise plans for an independent commission which would assess and make proposals for long-term infrastructure projects, such as superfast broadband, nuclear power, a renewed National Grid, wind and tidal power plants, flood defences and new rail and airport capacity.
Critics also say it discourages building wind farms and tidal power plants which tend to be in out-ofthe-way places.
Although there are numerous low-capacity tidal power plants along the coastal waters of the Chinese mainland, there are few high-capacity plants in existence in the rest of the world.
France has harnessed tidal power since 1966, and there are tidal power plants operating in Russia and Canada.
Tidal power plants are an attractive energy option because they don't shut down at night (like solar plants) and aren't dependent on annual rainfall (like freshwater hydropower plants).