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Wave power hits the coast

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The Oregon coast will soon be the home of the first wave-power farm in the U.S.

Construction has already begun on the farm, which will generate enough energy to power 400 homes and has a total estimated cost of $60 million.

Wave power draws from the energy of ocean surface waves. A float on a buoy rises and falls with the waves, driving a plunger connected to a hydraulic pump that converts the vertical movement into electricity.

The first buoy will measure 150 feet tall by 40 feet wide, weigh 200 tons and cost $4 million,  according to Phil Pellegrino, spokesman for New Jersey-based developer Ocean Power Technologies, which is developing the project.

Read the full story at USA Today.

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Villa Rios
0 #1 Quick questionVilla Rios 2010-02-17 11:45:11
Wave power is an enormous opportunity. Why hasn't our governor and legislature pushed to manufacture the components here? Why settle for importing (in terms of transportation and dollars going elsewhere) from New Jersey when we could build the devices here?
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