Portugal plugs into wave power
Sep 23, 2008 - TheAssociated Press
Portugal has inaugurated a wave energy
farm that the government claims is the world's first
to provide power to a national grid.
The project uses floating tubes whose
bobbing motion pumps hydraulic fluid to drive generators.
The tubes are anchored to the seabed
about 3 miles (5 kilometers) off Portugal's Atlantic
coast near the northern town of Povoa de Varzim.
The first three tubes are expected to
produce enough power for about 1,500 homes. The project
is eventually expected to supply 15,000 homes.
The technology is produced by British
company Pelamis Wave Power and has been in tests since
Economy and Innovation Minister Manuel
Pinho said at the inauguration Tuesday that renewable
energy already provides around 40 percent of the country's