As people are becoming more aware of the importance of using eco-friendly energy sources to save our environment, they are starting to think of using a renewable energy source. Renewable energy sources are collected from renewable resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat. As you learn more about eco-friendly energy sources you might come across turbine power and tidal power, these two sources of energy are becoming more and more popular, however many people ask the question, “what is the difference between the two?”
There are lots of different ways to use turbines to generate power. For example, there are gas turbines, wind turbines, water turbines, and more. A turbine is a device that converts either heat or water energy into mechanical energy. This happens as the rotor on the turbine is rotated by water, steam, or gas which in turn produces mechanical energy.
If you are driving through California, you have likely seen the huge wind turbines that line the grassy hills along the freeway. These windmills are designed with curved blades that are designed to catch energy from the wind, or kinetic energy, and cause them to spin. The faster the wind blows, the more energy the wind turbine can gather.
Tidal power is one of the newest eco-friendly energy sources but is also one of the most popular. Power is generated using the power of the tides in the ocean. Because the ocean has both high tides and low tides, the movement of water from the changing tides is a natural form of kinetic energy.
One of the biggest advantages of using Tidal Power as an eco-friendly energy source is that it takes up hardly any space. When using wind turbines, they usually take up lots of farmland for the installation of the windmills. Another benefit is that tidal power is very predictable. We know that, for the time being, there will always be a high tide and a low tide which will help generate power.
Which One to Choose?
Whether you decide to go with turbine power or tidal power, you can rest assured with either option you will be benefiting the environment. You can support the use of turbine power by enrolling in Spring Green + Wind REC with Spring Power & Gas. This plan matches 100% of your electricity usage with Green-e Energy Certified Renewable Energy Certificates that Spring Power and Gas purchases from national wind resources.