Wave energy – Portugal
Eco Wave Power announced that its Portuguese subsidiary, EW Portugal has received an installation and grid connection permit of 1MW in the form of a Small-Production Unit registration approval from the Portuguese Directorate-General for Energy and Geology (DGEG).
This registration approval is required for the installation and grid connection of a 1MW pilot project at the Barra do Douro breakwater in Porto, Portugal.
The approval is the first permit required by EW Portugal to proceed with the actual installation and grid connection of a first 1MW wave energy power station on the ocean side of the Barra do Douro breakwater.
The 1MW project is planned to be the first stage of the 20MW Concession Agreement entered into with APDL (Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões) in April 2020, for the potential usage of four locations owned and operated by APDL.
Upon completion of the installation and grid connection works, EW Portugal will require a final operation certificate from DGEG for the operation of the power station.
Portugal has an immense wave energy resource, which, according to estimates by the Government of Portugal, can supply 34GW of power capacity. Eco Wave Power’s project will be a significant milestone in the adoption of wave and ocean energy in Portugal and will contribute greatly towards the country’s goal under the PNEC 2030 plan, of implementing 70MW of wave power capacity by 2030.
Inna Braverman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Eco Wave Power stated: “This is a huge leap towards the deployment of our first one MW wave energy power plant in Portugal. We believe that the successful execution of this project will mark the start of a new and exciting era for the wave energy sector in Portugal and around the globe.”