Gallery: The World’s First Wave Farm Goes Live in Portugal

 
Pelamis Wave Farm

The world’s first commercial wave farm went live at the end of September in Agucadoura, located off the coast of northern Portugal. Designed by Pelamis Wave Power, the farm employs three Wave Energy Converters – snakelike, semi-submerged devices that generate electricity with hydraulic rams driven by waves. This first phase of the new renewable energy farm is rated at 2.25 MW with 3 machines, and the the second phase will add an additional 25 machines to bring the capacity to 21 MW – enough to power 15,000 homes!

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  1. Free Readings Online &r... October 23, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    […] The first wave farm is open for biz, er, waving… The world’s first commercial wave farm went live at the end of September in Agucadoura, located off the coast of northern Portugal. Designed by Pelamis Wave Power, the farm employs three Wave Energy Converters – snakelike, semi-submerged devices that generate electricity with hydraulic rams driven by waves. This first phase of the new renewable energy farm is rated at 2.25 MW with 3 machines, and the the second phase will add an additional 25 machines to bring the capacity to 21 MW – enough to power 15,000 homes. Read more | Permalink | Comments | Read more articles in Green | Digg this! Posted by slashman at 6:00 pm. Filed under Uncategorized   [link] […]

  2. Steve N. Lee October 23, 2008 at 2:51 am

    Sadly this story comes just one day too late! Last week I started a “Top 20 Environmental Successes of 2008″ on my blog by posting 20 to 11, the top 10 go live today and there’s just no room for poor old Portugal’s late entry!

    That’s a pity. Solar and Wind power grab so much of the green limelight that other technologies – geothermal, solar thermal, hydro, wave – rarely get a look in. This is unfortunate, as the more media space these stories get, the more accepted into the mainstream such technologies will be and people will start to actively look for them. Raising awareness of green successes is the best way to combat the sustainabililty issues we are facing.

    15,000 homes isn’t a huge number. But then, for a world first, it doesn’t have to be. It simply has to prove that the technology is viable. That said, I do wonder how much of the sea’s energy these devices sap and what effect that has on tides. I know there was some controversy in England when such a project was suggested for a channel. I believe they were worried it would mean the channel could silt up, but I don’t recall to speak with any authority on that.

    So, good news from Portugal. Excellent.
    Steve N. Lee
    author of eco-blog http://www.lionsledbysheep.com
    and suspense thriller ‘What if…?’ http://www.steve-n-lee.com

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    Regards, Muni Ahmed

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