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Cool Idea: Portugal's Wave Farm

Cool Idea: Portugal's Wave Farm

A lot of countries are figuring out ways to green their power production through solar, biofuel, and wind power. In fact, Sweden has pledged that they will be oil-free by 2020!

I love that Portugal has taken another renewable energy route by creating the world's first commercial wave factory, which I read about over at Inhabitat. Opening off the coast of northern Portugal at Agucadoura, the expected total output of the wave plant should be enough to power around 2,000 homes. The wave farm is expected to be operational within the end of the year.

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pintsized pintsized 9 years
Cool, but hopefully they're going to be a different color than a glaring red, maybe green or blue would be better.
libs1dlab libs1dlab 9 years
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
totally cool! i wonder how much this costs - it doesn't look like it'd be too much
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
That sounds really cool I've never heard of wave energy.
handbagbride handbagbride 9 years
I am so amazed by all the fantastic things that can be done to save the planet - catch up US.
msmishka msmishka 9 years
That is so fascinating! I doubt that anything like that can be done down here in the gulf region :( I'm passing this on to my marine biologist bf!
wiggle wiggle 9 years
This is very cool. I read or heard somewhere that SF is looking into harnessing the energ of the tides under the Golden Gate bridge - they have to see how it will affect the wildlife of the bay first though.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
very cool alternative method.
Seraphim Seraphim 9 years
this is awesome, i agree that all places along the coastlines should look into this as a form of energy!
redegg redegg 9 years
A lot of homes my husband, whose an architect, works on put in a geothermal heating system which is one thing Sweden is talking about using to replace oil. It takes heat and energy from the earth's core. Very cool.
geohiker geohiker 9 years
this is great! we are not going to get alternative energy sources until some countries really take the plunge and experiment like this. (Iceland is making an all-out switch to using hydrogen power - it is going to be a big investment, but it will be interesting to see how it works out!)
redegg redegg 9 years
Those red things are huge! I wish they would do that off Nantucket/the Cape since they keep arguing about windmills. They won't do them because the block the view. I wonder if that ruins the beach experience though. Maybe you have to do it in a rural area.
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 9 years
wow that is so cool! imagine if alot of other coastal countries start followin in their foot steps..
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