Wave power plant
Cross-sectional view of a wave power plant with a Wells turbine.
A pilot wave power plant operated by Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG in Scotland supplies as many as 50 households with electric energy. Experts estimate the usable energy potential of wave power to be one Terawatt, which is approximately equal to the power of around 1,400 conventional power plant blocks.
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What is the difference between a wave power plant and a conventional hydroelectric plant? How do the turbines used differ in terms of structure and function? What are the physical features that allow a Wells turbine to always turn in the same direction? What parts of the world offer optimum conditions for wave power plants?