The Anaconda wave-energy converter from the British company Checkmate Seaenergy is a 200-ton, 650-foot-long water-filled rubber snake that uses the ocean's waves to generate power. As waves rise and fall, the floating elastic tube transfers this energy to a turbine generator that cranks out power. Checkmate plans to set up several snake farms on western-facing coastlines around the world by 2012, with each producing roughly 20 megawatts of power.single page
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.