Pelamis refers to the snake of Greek mythology. A pelamis is about 180 meters long. It is anchored in areas of 50 meters depth. It’s slack allows Pelamis to position itself perpendicular to the mean direction of the swell.
Flexible and robust, the device aligns four metal cylinders connected by electrical conversion modules. Inside the modules, hydraulic rams cushion the movement and collect the power that is converted into electricity. This electricity is transmitted by a submarine cable to shore where it is connected to the grid.
The power of a Pelamis is 750 kilowatts, or enough electicity to power 500 homes and a save of 600 tonnes of oil and 2000 tonnes of CO2 not released into the atmosphere.
COREX is currently working on the storage component of the SEAWATT project.
Read more informations at www.seawatt.re