Eco Wave Power, which generates clean electricity from ocean and sea waves, today announced that it has entered into a formal agreement with Port Adriano, Spain, to build the world’s first wave energy power plant. from Spain.
The new project of Eco Wave Power in Spain
Port Adriano, which is on the south coast of the island of Mallorca, will allocate a potentially suitable location for Eco Wave Power’s wave energy power plant for a period of 20 years. Eco Wave Power, a Swedish company based in Israel, will get all the licenses; build and commission power plants; then resell the electricity produced according to an approved production quota to be determined for the site.
The 2 megawatt (MW) power plant will be built and commissioned in two stages and will be able to power approximately 400 homes at full capacity.
Antonio Zaforteza, CEO of OCIBAR, the company that owns the Port of Adriano, said:
We believe that Eco Wave Power fits perfectly with Port Adriano’s vision of innovation and sustainability, creating a new way of generating renewable energy, which will help our port and our country achieve its ambitious goals to face the climate crisis. We are delighted to welcome this innovative project.
This is how it works.
Eco Wave Power’s floats – the blue dinghy-like things in the water pictured above – convert the up and down motion of the waves into a process of generating clean energy.
The movement of the floats compresses and decompresses connected hydraulic pistons which transmit biodegradable hydraulic fluid into accumulators on land, where pressure builds. The pressure spins a hydraulic motor, which spins the generator, and then the electricity is transferred into the grid via an inverter. After decompression, the fluid returns to the hydraulic fluid reservoir, where it is then reused by the pistons, creating a closed circular system.
The system starts power generation from a wave height of only 0.5 meters (1.64 feet). If the waves are too high for the system to handle, due to a storm, for example, the floats automatically rise above the water level and stay in the up position until the storm passes . Once the bad weather has passed, the floats return to operating mode.
The entire wave power plant is controlled and monitored by an intelligent automation system.
The company already has projects underway in Israel and Gibraltar, and additional projects are already planned or underway in Portugal and California.
What do you think of this method of producing clean energy? Let us know in the comments below.
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Photos: Eco Wave Power
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