Wave Power

wavefarmOn the bleeding edge of renewable energy is the use of wave energy converters in the ocean. So far only Portagul has installed these, but Scotland has them in the plans and is expected to begin installation shortly.  Portagul utilized three 140-meter generators that were built by British company Pelamis.  Essentially these units rest on the surface of the ocean and move up and down with the waves like a snake. The resulting undulations move each section of the snake  and hydraulic rams which use the wave motion to drive generators to produce up to 750KW of power at peak output. The 3 units installed will generate enough electricity to run 3000 homes.  This translates into 2 megawatts of power.

Portagul is planning on installed another 25 of these machines which will be enough to power up to 15,000 homes.