Spain pioneers studies with wave power
Spain will lead the way in investigating how energy of the waves could help generate electricity for 300,000 people in the country.9 July 2008
SANTANDER - As part of the Renewable Energy Plan 2011-2020, the Spanish government has started pioneering studies into wave power, with the more optimistic forecasts predicting that 300,000 people in Spain could be supplied with electricity by this means within five years.
The first practical stage of the investigations will involve the installation off the coast of Cantabria of a floating device 12 metres in diameter and 12 metres high - although it will barely be visible from the seashore.
The energy of the waves will move the device, which will then generate electricity.
"For now, all we want to do is measure the output and adjust accordingly," said Javier García, from Iberdrola Renovables. The company is one of the driving forces behind the project, and will also be involved in similar studies in the Basque Country.
[El Pais / Pilar Álvarez / Expatica]