Wave Energy Converters for South America

In the state of Ceara, which is in the northeastern part of Brasil is one of the first wave energy converters for Latin America.

This 2012 project features a land secured system that reaches into the ocean and harvests the motion of the waves, converting the kinetic energy into clean electricity.

The project was done by the submarine laboratory at Coppe , developed by Tracetebel Energy and supported by the government of Ceara.

The floating disc modules consist of a 10 meter diameter floating buoy attached to a 22 meter long arm fastened with a fulcrum on the land side.

As the disc rises and falls with the waves, the fulcrum of the arm powers a liquid pump that charges a storage system eventually releasing the power equivalent of a 400 meter column of water to an electric turbine generator.

This marine energy pilot project is installed on the breakwater at the port of Pecem on Ceara’s coast approximately 60 km from the state capital Fortaleza.

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