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Chad Macumber

MWD/LWD Engineer, Scientific Drilling International

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Tidal Energy

What do you think about tidal energy? It's not a new idea, but it is one that I think could have potential for success - particularly in poor countries.

In essence, tidal energy may consist of buoys (of some nature) connected to pistons and crankshafts secured to the sea-floors in areas with potent tides. As the buoys ride the waves the pistons turn and create mechanical power which is sent back to storage facilities onshore.

Do you think this technology has potential? Do you think it can be efficient in producing energy? Is it too far-fetched?

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