Thursday, October 23, 2008

World's first wave farm now generating power

From Dvice I see where Portugal built the world's first wave farm consisting of three Wave Energy Converters generating a total of 2.25MW. A WEC is a series of water tight "barrels" that float anchored in position on the surface of the ocean. The barrels bob up and down with the waves, while internal pistons, remain stationary and pump hydraulic fluid. This drives electric generators, whose power is brought ashore by underwater electrical cables. The wave farm is now tapping into enough constant, renewable energy to power 1500 homes.

Check out the article in Dvice for a series of really cool pics of this ground breaking installation in operation

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