Renewables

Eco Wave Power to Construct 2MW Wave Energy Power Station in Spain

Eco Wave Power Global AB, a leader in the production of clean electricity from ocean and sea waves, has entered an official agreement with Port Adriano, Spain, for the potential construction of a wave energy power plant of up to 2MW.

EcoWavePower 8The agreement expands Eco Wave Power’s presence in Europe and will help Spain achieve its aggressive goals for renewable power, leveraging its significant coastline capacity.

According to the terms of the agreement, Port Adriano will assign a potentially suitable location to Eco Wave Power for a period of 20 years, while Eco Wave Power will be responsible for securing all the licenses, constructing, and commissioning the power plant/s and selling the electricity to be generated by the power plant in accordance with an approved production quota, to be determined for the site. Port Adriano has been in contact with Ports de les Illes Balears (Ports of the Balearic Islands, the public entity responsible for the powers and executive functions of the ports managed by the autonomous community) to inform it about the project, and will proceed to carry out all the legal procedures necessary for the installation of this innovative wave energy power plant, the first application of this technology in Spain. 

The power plant is planned to be constructed and commissioned in two stages:

  • The first stage is the construction of a plant of up to 1MW. 
  • The second stage involves the construction, operation and maintenance of the remaining capacity of the plant (2 MWs).  

Port Adriano will have a right of first refusal to invest partially or fully in both stages of the project, and Eco Wave Power will have the right to combine the two stages of the project and execute the whole 2MW from the start. 

Inna Braverman, Founder and CEO of Eco Wave Power commented: “When it comes to renewable energy, Spain foresees a sizeable buildout of new renewables capacity to reach 74% of electricity generation by 2030. Spain also has 8,000 km of coastline. The combination of Spain’s ambitious renewable energy goals, along with its significant coastline, makes it an optimal market for Eco Wave Power. We are very excited about the collaboration with Port Adriano and would like to thank them for being true wave energy pioneers.”

Antonio Zaforteza, CEO of OCIBAR, the company that owns the Port of Adriano, stated: “We believe that Eco Wave Power is a perfect fit to the innovation and sustainability vision of Port Adriano, creating a new way of generating renewable energy, that will help our port and our country to meet its ambitious goals to address the climate crisis. We are looking forward to welcoming this innovative project.”

As a member of the European Union (EU), Spain is bound by EU targets for energy and climate change as part of the Energy Union.

Toward this end, the central strategy document guiding Spain’s energy and climate policies over the coming decade is its NECP (National Energy and Climate Plan) for the period 2021-2030. It outlines several policy actions in various sectors that will support the country’s climate targets, including in the areas of energy efficiency, renewables, and transport. Its 2030 objectives include: 

  • a 23% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels; 
  • a 42% share of renewables in energy end use; 
  • a 39.5% improvement in energy efficiency; 
  • and a 74% share of renewables in electricity generation.

Policies include increasing renewable power installations and boosting the use of renewable gases in the power sector, modal shifts and electrification in the transport sector, refurbishments and increasing the use of renewable heating in the residential and commercial sectors, promoting energy efficiency and fuel switching in the industry sector, and energy efficiency improvements in the agricultural sector. The Spanish government anticipates that investments of EUR 241 billion will be needed to enact the measures outlined in the NECP, out of which 80% is estimated to come from the private sector.

Spain’s commitment to renewable energy is evident from the fact that the share of renewables (including nonrenewable waste) in the national electricity mix grew from 24% in 2009 to 38% in 2019. Spain further emphasized its focus on renewable energy by planning to phase out both coal and nuclear power generation. The coal phase-out appears well on track, with coal only providing around 5% of electricity generation in 2019 and even less in 2020. Nuclear power, which accounted for 22% of power generation in 2019, will begin shutting down from 2027. Four of Spain’s seven nuclear reactors are scheduled to close by the end of 2030, representing around 4 gigawatts of capacity.

As such, Eco Wave Power believes that there is a significant opportunity to contribute towards Spain’s transition to renewable energy, by making wave energy an important part in Spain’s renewable energy mix. 

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