Low-Carbon Technologies: Tidal Power

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Tidal power involvesthe conversion of oceanic tidal energy to conventional power supplies.  The resulting energy is both renewable and inexpensive to produce.  Research and development are underway on the hydraulic, electrical and mechanical processes required for system management and functionality.  However, several issues make tidal energy an unreliable source of efficient and cost-effective power.  Because ocean tides are dependent on moon phases, there will be off-peak periods of energy supply that will require supplemental energy sources to ensure balanced power production and consumption.  In addition, it has been suggested that tidal patterns are affected by climate change and that auxiliary effects of increased greenhouse gas emissions could undermine the efficiency of tidal energy production.