You’ve heard of snakes that can eat rodents, but how about ones that gobble up ocean waves? Well according to New Scientist magazine, a new, giant rubber snake, aptly named “Anaconda,” has recently been designed that can harness the power of wave energy and turn it into renewable electricity. The 8-yard long test snake allows water to pass through it and create bulges in its interior. When these bulges slide down the length of the snake’s body, they eventually reach turbines which are kept spinning to generate electricity. This prototype snake is just a baby version of what scientists ultimately have in mind, since when it is actually ready for commercial use it will be 200 meters in length and generate enough electricity to power 1,000 homes!
February 11, 2011 by CFACT,
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