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Pelamis, World’s First Commercial Wave Energy Project, Agucadoura

Announcement of contract

May 2005

Start of operation

October 2006


2.25MW (22.5MW total planned)


Power brought ashore at Agucadoura, northern Portugal

Estimated investment

$8.2m for the first three machines

Plant owner

Energias de Portugal

Project funding

Portuguese consortium led by Enersis

Design, main contractor

Ocean Power Delivery (OPD)

Module manufacturer

Ross Deeptech

Tube segment manufacturer



Initial stage: three 750kW machines


Four hinged, cylindrical tube segments

Power generation

Hydraulic rams driving hydraulic motors


Tube segments 120m long, 3.5m wide


760,000kg (750 tons) fully ballasted


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