03 Oct 2008 05:10:27
Wave power device deployed
A new style wave power device has been deployed by Ocean Power Technologies.
The 40 kilowatt PowerBuoy device is one of ten which when combined will generate 1.39 megawatts of electricity.
Weighing 60 tonnes, the bulk of the device is underwater, anchored to the sea floor. As a floating buoy rises and falls with the waves it drives a generator.
The device is designed to sit in water between 30 and 50 metres deep and the company claims that it actually has a positive effect on marine life as it can act as an artificial reef.
It will not be the first wave farm, Pelamis' 'water snake' devices were installed off the coast of Portugal last month.
Nevertheless, OPT chief operating officer Mark Draper sees the deployment as a great achievement.
He said: "This deployment is of great significance to OPT and the wave power industry, demonstrating the commercial potential of our leading technology after a decade of in-ocean experience."http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/faq.htm