Thursday, April 20, 2006

Norwegian wave energy with huge potential.

Besides being one of the largest producers and exporters of crude oil in europe, Norway is also leading the research in wave energy.

With the stormy north sea in their back yard, Norway has one of the best places in europe for harvesting the energy in the oceans waves.

The union of the oil industry in Norway, estimates the crude oil resources to last for aprox 50 years. Finding alternative and cheap energy resources are therefore a priority in Norway.

In 2004 the Norwegian company "WaveEnergy AS" was established, and set out to develop a concept known as SSG or Seawave Slot Cone Generato).
A plant was established on the Norwegian island of Kvitsoy and this was based on "storage champer" concept.

The waves pushes the water up from the ocean into holding champers that a placed in different heights. This water is then lead back to the ocean via turbines thus creating power. The test construction is planned to be a 10 meter wide construction of the SSG concept with an estimated capacity of 150 KW.

Wave energy has a huge potential and it is estimated that wave energy alone could provide more than 10 % of the worlds energy demand.

More and more countries are showing interrest to this new energy resource. Government and private funding, along with studies like the one in Norway will help make wave energy a reliable energy resource within the next 10 years.

A note to this post.
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Think about this.
What if 30 meters of waveenergy construction, placed at the coast or inside the pier of the habour could provide energy to a community of up to 1000 people? Think about the money saved and the enviromental aspects of this if most of the small coastal communities along the USA did have this?
Anyway, just a thought.

7 Comments:

At 2:56 PM, Blogger Pablo Baqués said...

Hello henrik.

I found you because somebody looking at your blog came to mine. (Was it you?...:-))

I see that you started blogging today... let me sigges something: use ONE blog and post all your stories there.

happy blogging
pablo

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger Pablo Baqués said...

I meant suggest, not "sigges"

 
At 10:34 PM, Blogger Wahttehhog Pete said...

Very interesting blog, Henrick. I never knew there was such a potential for wave energy. Do you know if the U.S. has showed any interest in using this technology?

 
At 11:49 PM, Blogger Henrik said...

Hi Pablo.

Im not sure what you mean.. I did read some different blogs so it is possible that i came by your blog:-)

I will keep it short:)

 
At 11:51 PM, Blogger Henrik said...

Hi Pete.

I have heard of several companies, that are experimenting. And i have heard plans of testing, but not enough to get me posting about it.. But after Bush announced to put more funding in alternative energy it is possible we may see something soon.. I hope:-)

 
At 1:31 AM, Blogger Henrik said...

A note to this post.

Think about this.

What if 30 meters of waveenergy construction, placed at the coast or inside the pier of the habour could provide energy to a community of up to 1000 people? Think about the money saved and the enviromental aspects of this if most of the small coastal communities along the USA did have this?

Anyway, just a thought.

 
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