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Assess the significance and challenges of harnessing tidal energy as a renewable source of power in India.

Topic: Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

5. Assess the significance and challenges of harnessing tidal energy as a renewable source of power in India. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Down to Earth

Why the question:

The article discusses the efforts of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to assess the potential of tidal energy in India, prompting a deeper examination of the significance and challenges associated with harnessing this renewable energy source.

Key Demand of the question:

To assess the significance and challenges of tidal energy, and to discuss the steps taken by MNRE in this regard.

Directive word: 

Assess – When asked to assess, you must consider the strengths and weaknesses of an argument and come to a conclusion after weighing the evidence.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Introduce the concept of tidal energy.

Body:

First, discuss the Significance of Tidal Energy – explain the advantages of tidal energy, including its predictability, low environmental impact, and potential to contribute to India’s renewable energy goals.

Next, analyse the challenges associated with harnessing tidal energy, such as technological limitations, high upfront costs, environmental concerns, and site-specific requirements.

Next, provide an overview of the steps taken by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to assess tidal energy potential in India, including the establishment of pilot projects and research initiatives.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward to overcome above mentioned challenges.