International, Portugal and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:
Madeira Carnaval: one of the best in Europe: 18-21 February
Film of 2010 Carnaval
Portugal’s coast : one of best testing sites in Europe for ocean energy
From Clean Technica.com
“The WaveRoller arrived on January 2nd at Portugal’s Peniche Shipyard for a much anticipated pilot test this summer off the coast of Portugal, one of the best testing sites in Europe for ocean energy. The scaled-up version for the pilot test is to be tested in the same waters near the sea shore of Peniche where its smaller prototype showed promise..
Wave energy involves very large machines that must survive harsh underwater conditions. Even this pre-commercial version weighs 280 tons, and the test has been financed by the European Commission.
The Waveroller is anchored on the sea bottom at a depth of 10-25 meters and unlike the majority of the ideas being pursued in wave energy, using surface waves, it takes advantage of the back-and-forth movement of the surge pushing back and forth close to the sea floor.
The invention was inspired by a complete accident, when the Finnish diver Rauno Koivusaari almost got hit on the head by a powerfully flapping door on a shipwreck 15 years ago, and had a Eureka moment, and began working on the idea.
I met the new CEO, John Liljelund in Finland on a green blogger’s tour, and he was thrilled at the prospect of this pilot test, but told me that testing is so prohibitively expensive in wave energy, that it really has slowed the pace of this last frontier of renewable energy innovation.
For example, each of the three “doors” of the units weighs twenty tons, and of course it has to be constructed to withstand typical underwater wear and tear, yet as a pilot project – it is a “one-off” – with none of the cost amortization that mass production brings.
Concert celebrating New Year, Igreja do Colegio, City Square Funchal, Saturday night 14th January 9pm
Bandolins Orchestra & Wine-tasting at Wine Institute
Weekend markets in Madeira: Feira de Artesanato ‘Made in Caniço’ market
Feira de Artesanato ‘Made in Caniço’ market this weekend
Saturday and Sunday in the Largo da Igreja do Caniço
10 e as 18 horas no sábado e das 9 às 14 horas no domingo.
This Market is monthly.. the second weekend of each month. image above from Diario Newspaper
images from Madeira Tourism Facebook pages or Wikicommons unless otherwise stated