(News of the month July/August 2006).

PORTUGAL COMMITTED TO WORLDS LARGEST PV/SOLAR FARM.

The Portuguese have certainly caught the renewable energy bug. Earlier this year there was an announcement of a commitment to build the world's first commercial wave farm off the coast of Portugal, OSLO - A Scottish company will deploy sausage-shaped tubes off Portugal to create the world's first commercial wave power plant, providing electricity to 1,500 homes from some time this year (2006), Ocean Power Delivery (OPD) one of the partners in the project say they "will build the wave farm about 3 miles off Portugal's northern coast, near Povoa de Varzim", they plan to deliver three wave power generation units with capacity of 2.25 megawatts to Portuguese renewable energy group Enersis for 8 million euros," but the project could be expanded significantly", Norsk Hydro (one of the Norwegian backers) said.

http://www.oceanpd.com

 


 
 

SO WHAT IS IT GOING TO BE?

Now another commitment to build the world's biggest solar energy power station in Portugal's sunny region of the Alentejo region (above the Algarve area), already Portugal has a micro-genarating capacity of around 14% so this will really put the country up there toward the very top of the renewable and micro-electricity generation league table, (maybe they will win the World Cup too?)

With a possible output of 116 megawatts and several times the size of what is now the world's largest solar energy plant. The output would be fed into the Portuguese electricity grid at a government-set price.

Capable of powering around 130,000 households and that,s around 5 % of the population of 10Million this really does show what is possible and how committed the Portuguese are to supply safe and securely generated "green" power for the population.

http://www.guardian.co.uk

 

 

July/August 2006