Mexico utility studies 5-MW San Rosalita wave project

Mexico’s government-owned utility, Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), is studying development of a 5-MW San Rosalita shoreline wave energy project off the coast of Baja California, Mexico. It chose turbine technology from Wavegen of the United Kingdom.

Wavegen’s Limpet (Land Installed Marine Powered Energy Transformer) technology consists of an oscillating water column device equipped with a Wells-type turbine coupled to an induction generator.

CFE has not determined if the project will be connected to the local electricity grid. That would require construction of 80 kilometers of transmission line, which might cost more than the project would support. Another option is to supply electricity to a fishing town near the project site. In that case, project capacity would be only 200 or 300 kW.

CFE expects to finish the studies and basic design work in 2006 and begin construction in 2007.

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