GOSPORT, Hampshire (May 11, 2009)—The Anaconda wave energy device—a hollow rubber tube as much as 656 feet long—developed by a British company Checkmate is undergoing trials in a wave tank.
The Anaconda device would be anchored to the seabed, floating just beneath the surface and continually being squeezed by passing ocean waves. These waves form bulges in the water-filled tube and travel down its length developing the power to drive a turbine in the tail. The electricity created would be captured and cabled ashore.
Anaconda is now in the final stage of proof of concept testing at an 886-ft. wave test tank run by QinetiQ in Gosport, England. The QinetiQ ship tank is the United Kingdom's largest and was used to simulate the strength and frequency of ocean waves the device may encounter.
A single Anaconda tube might generate up to 1 megawatt of power in the right sea conditions, Checkmate said. The first field of Anacondas could be in commercial production and start deployment off the U.K. coastline by 2014.