Wave Energy and the OWC Pico Power Plant at the Azores Islands
This paper discusses wave energy, its utilization in the production of electricity and specifically the Pico Power Plant in Azores Islands.
# 147285 | 850 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 |
Published on Mar 10, 2011 in Environmental Studies (Economics and Policy) , Computer and Technology (Technology) , Hot Topics (Global Warming)
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The paper contends that the use of wave energy is an excellent, as yet largely untapped, alternative to the continued use of fossil fuels. The paper examines the science and technology behind the exploitation and use of wave energy for the production of electricity. The paper then examines the Pico Power Plant at the Azores Islands which uses oscillating water column technology for the production of electricity and the scientific, technological and financial implications resulting from the project. The paper includes tables and illustrations.
From the Paper:"As a society that continues to majorly use non-renewable and unsustainable energy, we must strive to find alternative energy sources that do not deplete resources for generations to come. Oceans cover the majority of the earth's surface, but are largely untapped resources for energy. Three main types of energy that can be harnessed from the ocean include wave energy, tidal energy, and deep-sea thermal energy. In focusing on wave energy, one will see that utilizing this type of energy collection is principally achieved through oscillating water columns, or OWCs. The channeling of wave energy through OWCs at the Pico Power Plant is a prime example of green engineering - the process provides renewable energy to the electricity grid in an efficient and cost-effective manner. "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Falcao, A. (1999). Design and construction of the OWC wave power plant at the Azores. Wave Power - Moving Towards Commercial Viability. London, UK, Professional Engineering Publishing Ltd.
- Paul T. Anastas & Julie B. Zimmerman, "Design Through the 12 Principles of GREEN Engineering," Environmental Science and Technology (1 March 2003): 94-101.
- Sarmento, A. J. N. A., A. B. e. Melo, et al. (2003). "The Influence of the Wave Climate on the Design and Annual Production of Electricity by OWC Wave Power Plants." Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering 125(2): 139-144.
- Thorpe, T. W. (1999). An overview of wave energy technologies - status, performance, and cost. Wave Power - Moving Towards Commercial Viability. London, UK, Professional Engineering Publishing Ltd.
- Wave Energy Centre. (2006). "OWC Pico Power Plant." Retrieved November 27, 2010, from http://www.pico-owc.net/.
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