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Officials sign agreement for Canary Islands wave power development

Langlee Wave Energy Agreement

Officials from Langlee Wave Power and the Tenerife Island Council have signed an agreement to promote wave energy development off the coast of the Spanish island.

Located off the southwestern coast of Morocco amongst the Canary Islands, Tenerife's council said it hopes to show wave energy can be a "viable, competitive and efficient alternative to other types of energy currently in use."

"We are strongly backing the development of sustainable energy, and signing the collaboration agreement is a clear indication of our support," council president Carlos Alonso said. "Wave conditions in Tenerife, particularly in the north of the island, are the most suitable for generating this type of energy. We must take advantage of this."

Tenerife's potential for marine power was not unnoticed by Langlee, which selected the Canary Islands as the manufacturing site for its generator.

"We have chosen to focus on the Canary Islands as our initial market because of the good wave resources, strong local shipping industry and political support," Langlee CEO Julius Espedal said. "Installing our floating converters will make Tenerife an international pioneer in the development of this type of energy."

The Norwegian company will use Tenerife as a showcase for it Robusto wave energy converters, which are semi-submersible floating units. Each 30x50 meter unit is assembled on land, then towed to a mooring site.

Langlee projects the first phase of the Tenerife installation will have an output capacity of 132kW.

The company said it also recently signed a similar agreement with the Lanzarote Island Council to install a 500kW pilot plant off the north coast of La Santa, which is located east of Tenerife.

HydroWorld.com reported Langlee had signed a deal with Turkish energy company Unmaksan to build a 24 MW system in August 2009.

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