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Swimming Power Plants

Checkmate Group's 500 ft Anaconda Creates Electricity from the Ocean

— May 11, 2009 — Eco
It’s 600-feet long… a massive, serpent slithering through the open ocean. But this snake has good intentions. Really! Developed by the Checkmate Group, the “anaconda” is the latest design that hopes to create electricity from the power of the ocean. Set to start swimming in 2014, each one could generate one megawatt of power, powering tens of thousands of households.

Implications - The ever-changing nature of today's world calls for scientists and companies to always be on the lookout for alternatives to established products. This includes electricity, with new, innovative, and somewhat strange methods for generating power popping up all over. Though these theories are mostly still in testing phases, companies and consumers would be wise to look towards the future.
Trend Themes
1. Alternative Energy Generation - The development of power generation methods that harness the energy of the ocean presents opportunities for disruptive innovation in the renewable energy sector.
2. Innovative Design - The design of the 600-foot long 'anaconda' power plant showcases the potential for disruptive innovations in engineering and industrial design.
3. Sustainable Power Solutions - The creation of power plants that generate electricity from the ocean highlights the growing trend of seeking sustainable energy solutions to meet the increasing global demand.
Industry Implications
1. Renewable Energy - The development of ocean-based power generation technologies presents disruptive innovation opportunities within the renewable energy industry.
2. Engineering - The innovative design of the 'anaconda' power plant demonstrates potential disruptive innovations in engineering and industrial design, opening up opportunities in the engineering industry.
3. Energy and Utilities - The rise of ocean-based power plants offers disruptive innovation possibilities in the energy and utilities sector, as companies seek to explore new sustainable power solutions.
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