mr. zilla goes to town

Saturday, May 21, 2005

good news for a change



May 2005 - OPD [Ocean Power Delivery] announces that it has secured the first order for Pelamis wave energy converters.

OPD has signed an order with a Portuguese consortium, led by Enersis, to build the initial phase of the world's first commercial wave farm. The initial phase will consist of three Pelamis P-750 machines located off the North coast of Portugal, near Póvoa de Varim. The €8m project will have an installed capacity of 2.25MW, and is expected to meet the average electricity demand of more than 1,500 Portuguese households.
Elsewhere on their site, OPM mentions:
There is sufficient energy breaking on the UK shoreline to power the country three times over. However, it is not practical to recover all of this energy. The economically recoverable resource for the UK alone has been estimated to be 87TWh per year, or ~25% of current UK demand.
If you check out their dinky world wave resource map it seems that some of the richest wave energy around the world to tap is off southern Australia. Cool. Surely no more excuses for our ghastly percapita greenhouse emissions levels then!

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