The Energy of the Waves is Increased in Spain

The Energy of the Waves is Increased in Spain

The world’s first commercial wave energy power plant began operating in July this year supplying electricity to the town of Mutriku north of Spain. Despite high construction costs the power station could serve as an example to other coastal cities. The power plant generates electricity from wave energy that is hitting the port. The operator, the

The world’s first commercial wave energy power plant began operating in July this year supplying electricity to the town of Mutriku north of Spain. Despite high construction costs the power station could serve as an example to other coastal cities.

The power plant generates electricity from wave energy that is hitting the port. The operator, the company Ente Vasco de la Energia (EVE), dug 16 pits in the port, which waves fill with water, thereby suppressing the air through a
turbine that produces electricity. The produced electricity used by about 600 inhabitants, 30 kilometers away from the coast.

Similar technology is being investigated in Scotland for more than ten years, however, it has not yet reached commercial use. Worldwide, about 60 active projects related to the exploitation of wave energy, some projects have
explored the power of high and low tides, while others develop the ‘floating’ technology.

According to researcher Frank Neumann from the Center for wave power in Lisbon, it would power such as the one in Mutriku could have the most chance of economic viability.

The power plant with the total capacity of 300 kW produces enough electricity to supply 10% of the needs of the city and its construction amounted to 7 million Euros. The company Ente Vasco de la Energia plans to use the same technology in further construction of power plants at locations along the coast.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that the exploitation of wave energy could supply 30% of total world electricity needs. Compared with other renewable energy technologies the use wave energy is still
in its beginning stage.

The power plant in Mutriku was delayed with the construction for two years, and many critics believe that the capital cost was to high due to the production of 600 MWh per year.

Basque Energy Agency however believes that this type of power helps reduce the production from fossil fuels and imports, and gives companies the opportunity to develop new technologies and new markets. 

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