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July 02, 2003

Wave Power Plant Now Supplying Denmark's Electrical Grid

After initial setbacks during its installation, a wave energy power plant is now generating power for a local electrical grid in Denmark. The Wave Dragon is an offshore floating device that captures ocean waves in an elevated reservoir, then converts that reservoir's stored energy into electricity by running the water through a hydroelectric turbine as it is returned to the ocean. During its initial installation offshore, the unit was damaged and its wing-like "wave reflectors" had to be towed to shore for repair. In early June, the reflectors were re-attached, and the unit was connected to the grid last week. According to Wave Dragon ApS, the prototype's power output matches the company's expectations. The prototype is currently running with one turbine, but the company plans to add another six turbines by year-end. See the Wave Dragon Web site.