European wave energy pilot plant on the Island of Pico, Azores, Portugal
The objective of this project is the utilization of sea wave energy. The project is framed within the scope of the JOULE program, and includes the basic design of a pilot plant of industrial size, and the detailed design and construction of the concrete structure of the power plant. The device is of the oscillating water column type (OWC) and is equipped with a Wells air turbine, a variable speed electrical generator and a controlled bypass relief valve. This is the first wave energy plant to be built in Portugal (and one of the first worlwide), and will supply a small isolated electrical grid.
Record Number: 18607 / Last updated on: 1998-01-27
Collaboration sought: Joint venture agreement
Stage of development: Prototype/demonstrator available for testing