World’s First Wave Farm in Portugal, Lights up to 1,500 Homes

October 25, 2008 / No Comments

The Portuguese have come up with an innovative technology that can generate energy from the waves created on the sea surface, and the Agucadoura is one such wave farm built off the Portugal coast.

agucadoura portugal wave farm 4 Worlds First Wave Farm in Portugal, Lights up to 1,500 Homes

The wave farm, which is the first of its kind in the world, consists of three Wave Energy Converters that can generate a total of 2.25MW of energy.

The extended metal contraptions dip up and down with the waves while the internal pistons attached to the sea bed remain stationary and pump hydraulic fluid which in turn runs the electric generators producing energy that is brought ashore by underwater electric cables providing power to 1,500 homes.

If a large scale installation of these orange giants is carried out around all the oceans of the world, who knows, we might be able to fight the crisis of our fast-dying power resources. – via Dvice