Thursday, October 23, 2008

Agucadora: There's Money in Them There Waves!

Just saw a tasty little tidbit on DVICE about the opening of "Agucadoura, the world's first wave farm off (the) coast (of Portugal), consisting of three Wave Energy Converters generating a total of 2.25MW.

The elongated metal contraptions bob up and down with the waves, while internal pistons, attached to the sea floor, 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."

- Charlie White @ dvice

Got that? These little dandies wiggle about in the ocean and generate electricity.
More dandies wiggling = more homes powered.

Wave power is so cool. Scalable, carbon-free, and limitless waves make limitless power.

What a wonderful world.

Here's an earlier SF post: Wave Power Round Up.

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