Wave power plant planned for west coast

Plans to built the country's first wave power plant in the sea, northwest of Smögen on Sweden’s west coast, have been proposed by Uppsala-based company Seabased Industry.

An application has been submitted to the Environmental Court (Miljödomstolen) to build 420 wave power units and create the country’s first wave power park.

Earlier this year the company set up a factory in Lysekil in western Sweden, to produce wave power units and states that the plant could create around 100 jobs in total.

The proposal has been a year in the making and Jan Sundberg, head of environmental permissions at Seabased Industry, is hopeful that the court will give the plans the green light.

“Interest in wave power is huge both in Sweden and abroad and the project will run parallel with further research and development,” he told the Bohusläning newspaper.

The local council have shown positive support to the idea of new energy sources for the area but is also keen to include local fishermen in discussions.

“It is important that fishermen and the company are in agreement over the location of the plant,” Mats Abrahamsson, Bohuslän’s council chief said.

The cost of building the plant is estimated at 250 million crowns and Seabased Industry is hoping to secure investment from the Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten).

Energy produced from the plant could cover around 1,300 households in the local region.

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