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Wave Dragon Renewable Energy Project

With the destructive power of the waves well known to sailors, this energy can however be harnessed and used to provide a renewable energy source. These days there are many groups in Europe that are actively trying to produce wave power stations to provide the renewable energy source that we lack.

Known as wave energy converters, in March 2003 a successful group launched a floating 237 ton wave energy prototype called The Wave Dragon.This prototype was tested in Nissum Bredning, Denmark. The wave dragon captures waves from the wave reflector and fall into the tank where the water is stored, then the water flows through the turbines. This generates the electricity from the water pressure. The waves climb the ramp and flow through the tank and out through the turbines thus producing energy.

The ramps that the waves climb are made like a wide flat plato, allowing the wave to roll on to it with out them breaking, thus maintaining there force. This optimizes the water and increase the quantity of water that will pass through the turbines.The success of this project is down to the six main European partners, inlcuding Denmark, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Austria and Germany. The elements of the turbine were tested in Munich. The Wave Dragon uses 7 turbines which can generate 20kW  of usable energy.

The Wave Dragon has been connected to the mainland since 27th June 2003. A Wave Dragon can produce around 4mW at the North Sea. If placed in areas that have stronger waves, it can produce around 7kW which can power around 10,000 homes.The main two advantages of the Wave Dragon are:

  • Mass Production
  • Can be placed any where in the world, off any cliff, beach or coast.

The next step of the Wave Dragon is to test a full scale prototype, which will then lead to linking up several prototypes together to produce one large energy farm like development, along available coast lines. This will be completed with the hope of producing 80 - 100mW of energy.less


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