Cantabria and the Balearic Islands join efforts to explore coastal resources and promote maritime renewable energies.
The general director of Industry, Energy and Mines of Cantabria, Daniel Alvear and the vice president and counselor of Energy Transition, Productive Sectors and Democratic Memory of the Balearic Islands, Juan Pedro Yllanes, have discussed today in Palma de Mallorca the future collaboration of both autonomous communities to promote the energy transition in coastal territories.
The meeting, where the maritime clusters of both autonomous communities, the Ocean Renewable Energy and the UIB, have been present, has been developed in the context of the seminar "Reduction of energy costs for the application of new technologies", which has been inaugurated by Yllanes.
Alvear has pointed out that in terms of marine renewables, Cantabria has an outstanding track record, in addition to being an area of priority for the Cantabrian Government within intelligent strategic planning. The director of Cantabrian Industry has valued the technological capacity of Cantabrian companies and clusters linked to marine renewables and the maritime sector. In addition, in the field of clean marine energies, Alvear has put on the table the history of collaboration between Cantabria and other autonomous communities of Green Spain through the Atlantic Wind Super Cluster, where the Sea of Innovation Cantabria Cluster (SICC), Galician OFFshore Energy Group (GOE-ASIME) and the Asturias Energy Technology Consortium (AINER) to promote offshore wind energy. "We want to transfer this same model of collaboration between administrations with the Government of the Balearic Islands and thus promote industrial synergies that allow the development of unique projects in this area", Alvear pointed out.
For his part, the Balearic vice-president declared that "we are clear that the commitment to photovoltaic energy is not enough for us, but just as with the economy it is important to bet on diversification, it is also important for our energy model", adding that " At this point, our commitment to marine energies such as wind and wave energy enters the scene", Yllanes pointed out, while acknowledging that "our ports also have great potential" and to which he will try to "incorporate forms of energy generation through the waves or the wind”, he stated.
The vice president has valued the projects promoted by the maritime cluster together with research groups from the University and Ocean Renewable Energy. “They represent an opportunity for these emerging research groups related to the energy transition of the islands. Energies that will help us complete the energy transition roadmap that we are promoting, thus incorporating new photovoltaic technologies that do not see their production interrupted by the available hours of sunshine. An ideal complement to explore and promote in these regions that we have these coastal resources, as is Cantabria as well”, said the vice-president.
The seminar, in addition to Illanes and Alvear, was attended by the General Director of Energy Transition and Climate Change, Pep Malagrava; the president of the Maritime Cluster of the Balearic Islands, Iolanda Piedra; the president of the Maritime Cluster of Cantabria, Juan Luis Sánchez; the CEO of Renewable Ocean Energy, Antonio Cañellas, and the rector of the University of the Balearic Islands, Jaume Carot.