China, Italy to cooperate on exploiting
marine current power
Nov 8, 2006 Xinhua
Italy and China signed an agreement on Wednesday
to exploit marine current to generate electricity,
a move aimed at promoting renewable energy in China.
The agreement, which was signed by Elio Matacena,
President of "Italian Bridge of Archimede Company,"
dubbed "Kobold", and professor Zhang Liang of China's
Harbin Engineering University, entrusts the Chinese
side to manufacture a sample machine of marine current
power generator in China, utilizing the technology
provided by the Italian side.
Engineering University will also contribute technological
assistance to the project, which has won support
from the United Nations Industrial and Development
Organization (UNIDO) based in Vienna.
first time anywhere in the world, Italians have
managed to tap the national electricity grid into
power generated by marine waves," said Matacena,
founder of "Kobold" and designer of the first marine
current power generator in the world.
end of last year, Matacena said, the successful
experiment with the Kobold ( marine current power)
was conducted in Italy's southern city Messina in
Sicily, where the waves of the Strait proved to
be capable of generating 40 kw of power.
turbine prototype, which was developed by the Italian
company, is even more environmentally friendly as
much of its own power comes from 39 solar panels.
currents in the Strait which in ancient times sowed
terror among sailors today provide an inexhaustible
source of energy," Matacena added.