ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF WAVE AND TIDAL ENERGY

Wave energy results from strong sea waves set in motion by wind




Are common in high-pressure belts/mid-latitude regions

Are used to produce electricity

In places with high sea tides mills with turbines are set up to be driven by the tides to produce energy/electricity

Advantages of wave and tidal energy

Cheap as tides and waves are free of charge

Disadvantages wave and tidal energy




  • Available only in countries with sea/coasts
  • Production limited to strong waves/tides.
  • Generating plants may be destroyed by hurricanes/tsunamis.
  • Inadequate technology for their development.
  • Initial development costs are prohibitive