Portuguese waves supply families with electricity

Where is one of the world’s largest solar energy parks? In Serpa. Where is electricity gained from the swell? In Aguçadoura. Both are in Portugal.
This small country in southern Europe is highly dependant on imported energy and has everything to gain from making use of its geography. A strong wind from the Atlantic, swollen rivers, waves as high as houses and a lot of sunshine need to ensure that Portugal will get 31% percent of its energy from renewable energy by 2020. That’s a lot, especially since Europe hasn’t dictated any quota yet. 
In comparison: according to a document from the European Commission, in 2005 Belgium only got 2.2% of its energy from renewables, as opposed to 20.5% in Portugal. The Belgian ambitions aren’t very high neither: the goal is 13% of renewable energy in  2020, as much as the Czech Republic, Cyprus and Hungary.  Only Malta and Luxemburg are less ambitious with targets of ten and eleven percent respectively. (sa)

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