"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." Dalai Lama

Portugal builds world’s first commercial wave farm

by Giles Tremlett & Paul Hamilos

FILED IN: The Biofiles

Portuguese surfers keeping an eye on the weather will be joined this month by engineers and businessmen, but they will be hoping for very different reports. The men and women behind the latest renewable energy project will be looking for a flat, calm sea.


Portugal is poised to open what will be the world’s first commercial wavefarm, and while the coastline’s formidable surf will be a source of electricity, the engineers need a decent “weather window” to be able to get their machinery out to sea.

seatrialssmaller.jpg

The Pelamis machines, named after the Latin for sea snake and developed by a Scottish company that leads the world in one of the newest renewable energy fields, are a series of red tubes, each about the size of a small commuter train, linked together, and pointed in the direction of the waves. The waves travel down the tubes, causing them to bob up and down, and a hydraulic system harnesses this movement to generate electricity.

The three “sea snakes” will soon be towed out to a spot some three miles from the coast of northern Portugal at Agucadoura, from where the electricity they produce will be pumped into the national grid.

But the hi-tech venture has not been without its problems. The latest date for inauguration of the wavefarm was to be Wednesday, but a combination of bad weather, bad luck and the pitfalls of developing any new technology has meant the machines are still on dry land, awaiting the next calm spell to be taken out to sea.

Continue reading: Guardian Unlimited

SIMILAR ARTICLES

No Comments »

No comments yet.

Leave a comment

Subscribe to comments on this post

CURRENT ISSUE

Cover of Issue 26

Issue 26 of Biophile is now on sale at CNA, Exclusive Books, other bookshops, Dis-Chem Pharmacies and your local Health Shop... find out more

EDITORIAL

My news year’s resolution is to try and strive for excellence in EVERY area of my life! This is quite a challenge as it embraces all aspects of my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual life, but I figured that if I do anything other than this I am simply wasting my time on this beloved planet..... continue reading

ECOTELLY

Visit Ecotelly.com for more videos

AWARD

Award Web

Biophile recently received recognition for its contribution to the print & internet category at the 20th SAB Environmentalist & Environmental Journalists of the year Awards. Congratulations to a dedicated team!

ABOUT BIOPHILE

Biophile magazine is published every two months by Biophile cc. The magazine is edited by Anthea Torr and Chris Lautenbach, subscriptions are managed by Coral McCallum, while Lindsay Mitchell deals with advertising.
The office telephone number is 021 709 0390 and you can send faxes to 021 709 0392 and letters to PO Box 39277 Capricorn Square 7948.

SPONSOR

TOPICS

FRIENDS & SUPPORTERS

footer