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Gibraltar to experiment with a wave-power alternative energy project

Friday, June 13th 2014 - 07:02 UTC
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The Government of Gibraltar has signed its first power purchase agreement for the provision of renewable energy. The agreement, which is with Eco Wave Power, is for the provision of an initial 0.5MW energy device on the eastside of the Rock. Read full article

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  • golfcronie

    What a great idea, should be applied to all coastal areas around the world.

    Jun 13th, 2014 - 08:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    And the advantage of Gibraltar is that as the distance to the “far bank” isn't terribly great the level of wave energy that the machinery will be subjected to will be relatively benign.

    I'd imagine that they'll have tested their machinery off of Orkney though (it seems to be the go-to place for testing, as as well as a fairly substantial fetch it also has the competing/complementing actions of the Atlantic and the North Sea to contend with. It also has lots of good places to anchor the test rigs.
    Death by Orkney is apparently quite common for wave power systems early in their development cycle

    Jun 13th, 2014 - 09:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mr Ed

    Cue Spain pouring oil on the waters to calm the waves.

    Gibraltar has far too much debt, I hope that they get a grip on their economy and that this is going to prove cheaper than importing hydrocarbons etc.

    Jun 13th, 2014 - 09:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Vestige

    Why not just find an electricity plant in Spain and put a flag on it.

    Then it will be British.

    Jun 13th, 2014 - 09:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    What a good idea,
    mmmm
    we thinks Spain will not agree with you,
    perhaps you should avoid holidaying there ..lol

    Jun 13th, 2014 - 10:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @4

    “Why not just find an electricity plant in Spain and put a flag on it”

    We don't use Argentine tactics-they don't work.

    Because the British are ex-Imperialists as opposed to being current Imperialists like Argentina and Spain, Gibraltar does not need to steal a Spanish power plant, it makes it's own way unlike Spain and Argentina that scrounge money off other countries without paying any back.

    Jun 13th, 2014 - 10:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    @6 Pete, a correction for you.

    The British are ex-Imperialists as opposed to failed current Imperialists and economic basket cases like Argentina and Spain.

    Jun 13th, 2014 - 11:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    Poor Vestige

    Perhaps if Spain was a reliable and mature neighbour then it could export electricity to Gibraltar and make some money and create jobs.

    However as it prefers to act like Russia and therefore excels at being an unreliable neighbour, Gibraltar will have to distance itself even further from Spain.

    Spain seems to miss or ruin every opportunity to tie Gibraltar economically and socially closer to itself.

    All it does is force Gibraltar to further entrench solutions and a future that doesn't rely on Spain.

    This is the path that leads to independence, but the Spanish government is too stupid to see that.

    Jun 14th, 2014 - 02:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Rufus. Interesting post. Cheers.

    Anglotino. You are quite correct (as usual :-)

    I think you should go into politics, the Diplomatic Service or at the very least, take up a role at the UN. ....

    Jun 14th, 2014 - 05:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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