World's First Major Wave Farm is
Set to Get Green Light Off Cornwall
Sep 18, 2007 - Belfast Telegraph - energycentral.com
Funding for the scheme - described as a giant electrical
socket on the seabed - has already been approved by
the South West of England Regional Development Agency
Generators attached to Wave Hub's infrastructure
by other developers will produce enough electricity
for 7,500 homes, directly saving 300,000 tons of carbon
dioxide emissions over 25 years. This will support
the South-west's target of generating 15 per cent
of its power from renewable sources by 2010.
Wave Hub could create 1,800 jobs and contribute pound(s)560m
to the British economy over 25 years, according to
an independent economic impact assessment, commissioned
by the RDA.
It will include an onshore substation connected to
electrical equipment on the seabed 10 miles off Hayle
via an under-sea cable.
Companies developing wave energy technology will
be able to plug into Wave Hub to test their devices
on a scale never seen anywhere before. Four have already
been chosen to use the system.
Jason Clark a spokesman for Wave Hub, said: "It is
rather like a 10-mile extension lead plugged into
the National Grid. So although we will be supplying
energy to the South-west, the real advantage of this
project is in allowing other experts to plug in their
equipment to see if it can be developed commercially."
The Wave Hub project will cover an area of sea measuring
2.5 miles by 1.25 miles and each developer will be
granted a lease of between five and 10 years in an
area of approximately 1.3 square miles. Up to 30 wave
energy devices are expected to float on the surface
of the sea above Wave Hub.
Engineers from Ocean Power Delivery recently helped
build a smaller wave farm off the Portuguese coast
after deploying a prototype off the Orkneys.
Wave farms have not proved as popular as solar and
wind power because of the great expense of equipment
However, environmentalists point out that wind power
has reduced its cost by 80 per cent since the first
commercial farms were built more than 16 years ago.
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