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An aerial view of Fife Ness Tide Mill, Balcomie, East Neuk, Fife
A tide mill is a very simple idea. Rather than use a mill-pond to store water to drive a water-wheel, you create a pond and let the tide fill it with water for you.


An aerial view of Fife Ness Tide Mill, Balcomie, East Neuk, Fife
This is the plain version of the photo below.


An aerial view of Fife Ness Tide Mill, Balcomie, East Neuk, Fife
The routine was:
- open the sluice gate at low tide
- wait for the tide to come in and fill the pond
- close the sluice, as the tide falls outside the higher water level in the pond drives the mill
- at low tide, open the sluice and start the process all over again

No fuel costs, carbon neutral, 6th century (500s) technology, maybe earlier.