Underwater Energy (14-16)

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This resource looks at the key features, advantages and disadvantages of tidal power as an energy source. Students identify the features of a landscape which will maximise the effectiveness of tidal power, considering the ideal shape of the location, whether the machinery will interfere with other activities, impact on the environment and proximity to industry and populations. Using data in tide tables, they also consider the challenges presented by this technology, such as the maximum energy generation not always being synchronous with maximum need. Finally, students summarize their findings in order to propose and justify a role for tidal energy in an overall energy strategy.

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