Question: What are the disadvantages of tidal energy?
Answer: The disadvantages of tidal energy are the infrastructure cost, the habitat impact, and the low rate of energy conversion. Setting up the infrastructure for a tidal energy is expensive and, while it can be very efficient, the amount of energy available in the overall flow of the tides is not very large. The habitat impact is two fold, the ecosystem is impacted and may experience salinity changes, current shifts, as well as habitat loss. Also, our human habitats are effected because the addition of a tidal energy converter on the beach is an eye sore and could impact property values.
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