Britain’s first wave farm is to be built off Cornwall in what could be an alternative to unsightly offshore wind farms. The Ceto, a giant buoy named after a sea goddess from Greek mythology, moves up and down with waves and uses the motion to drive a hydraulic cylinder and generate electricity. Unlike other wave-power devices it is fully submerged, meaning that it is safer from storms and invisible from the shore. The first Ceto, capable of producing up to one megawatt of power and enough electricity annually for 400 homes, is due to begin generating in 2018 at the Wave Hub, ten miles north of St Ives. The government-funded testing site provides an undersea grid connection for wave energy devices. Another 14 are due to be installed there by 2020, which the developers say would make it Britain’s first wave farm with multiple devices. The Ceto is made by Carnegie Wave Energy, an Australian company whose late founder, Alan Burns, had the idea after being battered by giant waves while swimming near Perth.
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