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World’s First Wave Power Plant Begins Operations

Electric utility Ente Vasco de la Energia has inaugurated the Mutriku wave power plant, the world’s first in commercial operation.

The 300 kW wave power plant is located between Bilbao and San Sebastian in Spain.

Voith hydro has supplied 16 power units for the wave plant, which can power 250 homes, the company said.

The company said its oscillating water column technology can be deployed in both new and existing breakwater as well as in purpose-built structures for commercial utilisation.

Voith CEO Roland Muench said, “The rising global demand for green energy is proving to be a strong catalyst for the implementation of innovative forms of renewable energy. The Mutriku project shows our wave power technology is commercially viable and ready for wide deployment on the global markets.”