Just for interest I thought I’d check what the numbers look like for real industrial-scale power, 1GW.

€9m for 2.25MW peak scales to €4billion per GW peak, which would require about 180km of shore frontage and nine hundred thousand tons of steel to construct. According to the article numbers. Best number I have seen for wave capacity factor is 40%, so for 1GW average generation you would need €10billion, 350km of shore and over two million tons of steel.

How many of these facilities can you put in before they start affecting shipping traffic? What’s the maximum wave these can deal with (ie what happens when there’s a tsunami)? ]]>