Renewable energy powers waves at a new surfing lagoon

22 November 2019 by Grace Coleman
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The newest inland surfing venue in Europe is being powered by 100 per cent green energy.

The Wave surfing lagoon in Bristol is being supplied with renewable energy from Ecotricity, Britain’s greenest energy company.

The Wave uses ground-breaking Wavegarden Cove technology which generates more than 1,000 waves per hour for the ultimate surfing experience.

The 180m lagoon which opened last month, suits all surfing levels including beginners, as the new technology changes the shape and size of a wave at the touch of a button.

The Wavegarden Cove technology replicates the exact water particle movement of ocean ground swells and is efficient in that it loses very little energy in the transmission of forces from the machinery to the water.

The partnership between The Wave and Ecotricity is also looking beyond creating eco waves by supplying the new venue with electric vehicle charging points, while Ecotricity’s sustainability and energy specialists are looking into the possibility of a future installation of solar panels at the lagoon.

In addition, The Wave will also promote Ecotricity’s renewable energy and encourage customers to consider going green to help protect the planet and help combat the current climate crisis. 

Chris Hines, head of sustainability at The Wave and founding member of the marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage, said: “We are delighted to be partnering
with Ecotricity as our energy provider. From the outset of this project 8 years ago we had always said that we must be powered by renewable energy.

“It would be simply unacceptable for relatively comfortable UK surfers to surf waves powered by fossil fuels which would contribute to climate change and specifically sea level rise and acidification of the oceans. That would lead to major impacts on some of the financially poorest people on the planet.

“Even if you were to look at this purely from a surfer centric position it would be contributing to the destruction of the very things we treasure. I even stated at a Wave Park summit that it would be ironic, if not moronic, to power an artificial wave with carbon-based fossil fuels.”

Paul Sands, growth director at Ecotricity, said:“We’re really excited to be partnered with The Wave and powering this new attraction with 100 per cent renewable electricity. 

“Ecotricity is different to most other green energy suppliers - we’re building new forms of renewable energy to build a greener Britain, and the more businesses like The
Wave who join us, the more we can do to help save the planet.” 

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