Huge sea serpents synthetic waves to transform into electricity

Gosport, United Kingdom - Appliances moving like snakes could generate electricity for thousands of UK homes. According to scientists, these "sea serpents" giants using wave energy to produce energy on the British coast in 5 years.

Each device, called anaconda, can measure over 180 meters long. The anaconda is made of a rubber tube that can produce one megawatt of energy. The goal is to place several along the coast, where they float in the water to be exploited. The company, Checkmate says that, groups of 50 each anacondas can generate enough electricity to power 50 000 homes at low prices.

A Gosport in Hampshire, a 9-meter version of "anaconda" is currently being tested by QinetiQ in a pool of 275 meters. This pool can simulate the force and frequency of the waves of the ocean, which the equipment will face at sea Checkmate hopes to test the nature-size devices in the ocean over the next 3 years, and deployed along the coasts first "Anaconda" for commercial production by 2014.

The waves produce a current of water passing through the tube by impulses, such as blood in an artery, storing energy to drive a turbine located in the extension of the tube. The electricity generated by the turbine will be captured and transported to shore by cables. Smaller versions of the device could be located along offshore wind farms where they could then use existing connections to transmit electricity to the mainland.

Professor Rainey, the source of this invention and engineering consultant firm Atkins, said he is a new generation of energy-producing machines. "However, the problem of these machines is that they tend to deteriorate over time in the hostile marine environment" he says. But the anaconda is made of rubber, a durable natural material and low maintenance.

The director of Checkmate, Paul Auston, think anaconda help the United Kingdom to achieve the objectives of the EU which are to produce 15% renewables by 2020. "What we offer through Checkmate is a new technology is not visible. Under water, if it is not intrusive and is made of natural materials, "said Mr. Auston. His company is confident and thinks she will be able to develop this product so that it is affordable and competitive with other renewable energies such as wind energy.

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