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The waves of the sea will from today be one of the sources of electricity for Gibraltar, a colony that has opted for this new method due to its space limitations to house other types of facilities, such as solar or wind.
It is a pilot plant, an installation in which eight floating platforms of just one square meter have been installed on a breakwater where the waves beat.
The system collects the force of the waves and transforms it into energy that is distributed by the electrical network.
This first facility, located on the eastern side of El Peñón, will generate 0.5 megawatts.
"Solar energy depends on the sun, the wind on the wind, but there are waves all the time," explains David Leb, co-founder of the Israel-based company Ecowave, who has devised this system that is already being used. is testing in Tel Aviv and Ukraine.
Leb explains that, given Gibraltar's space limitations and the swell in the Strait, this system is a good solution and he hopes that over time it will be used at more points along the coast.
"The installation is very simple, it has no environmental impact, it is very easy to maintain and it is cheaper than others", he details, while pointing out that to achieve the objective of reducing pollution on the planet "we need all the options, all the energies renewable, because the solution is not going to come from a single resource ”.
At the inauguration of this pilot plant, Gibraltar's Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, John Cortés, has shown his "enthusiasm" for the colony to be linked to renewable energies that are "the future".
Gibraltar is now identifying other spaces to expand the facility with the objective that this system can generate "in the medium term" up to 10 megawatts, which would be "a third or fourth" of the energy required by the Rock.
"It is not only about what is saved economically, but about pollution," added the minister.
The government has made a "very small investment, just laying the cable to the seashore" because it has been the company that has taken care of the rest in exchange for later buying the energy that is produced, he explained.