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New Scottish Wave Energy Generator Unveiled 244

Posted by samzenpus
from the the-motion-of-the-ocean dept.
MikeChino writes "We've learned about Scotland's wave energy initiatives in the past, and just this morning the nation unveiled Aquamarine Power's next-generation Oyster 800 wave power plant. The new generator can produce 250% more power at one third the cost of the first full-scale 315kw Oyster that was installed in Orkney in 2009. The device's shape has been modified and made wider to enable it to capture more wave energy, and a double seabed pile system allows for easier installation."
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New Scottish Wave Energy Generator Unveiled

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  • by MrEricSir (398214) on Wednesday July 13, 2011 @09:56PM (#36757642) Homepage

    ...the energy cannot be used to power homes or industry; it can only be used to inflate bagpipes.

  • by TheCarp (96830) <sjc@car[ ] ['pan' in gap]> on Wednesday July 13, 2011 @10:15PM (#36757816) Homepage

    Well... every great plan has to have a doomsday scenario or two. This one is the worst yet.

    As we know the tides are primarily caused by gravitational drag from the orbit of the moon. The moon has enough velocity that its orbit is actually widening, meaning the grip between the two bodies is getting ever so infinitesimally smaller. One generator stealing energy from this system is nothing, but once we start investing in it hardcore... the reduction in wave energy leads to extra gravitational drag on the moon, slowing its orbit... causing it to stop advancing, and be pulled in towards the earth.

    By the time this is noticed, it is too early to convince politicians that something must be done now, and in fact, the push to convert more power over to wave energy.

    How does it end? Well political infighting, and a new ad campaign by the deep ocean energy harvesters association begins extolling the virtues of the new larger moon, and begin funding both PR campaigns for surfing associations and contests.... and the new moon cult which has begun preaching that the moon is actually Jesus returning to earth. As part of their agreement with the energy harvesters, the cult members primary ritual consists of running Air conditioning all day long, with their windows open and bitcoin mining.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 13, 2011 @11:59PM (#36758614)

    "A farm of just 20 Oyster 800 devices would generate sufficient power for up to 15,000 homes"

    or... 1 device can power 750 homes.

    Translated to American.

    "1 device can power 750 "Scottish" homes" or one average American home.

  • by TheDugong (701481) on Thursday July 14, 2011 @02:36AM (#36759338)

    Roughly equivalent to a library of congress or a fotball field.

What the scientists have in their briefcases is terrifying. -- Nikita Khruschev