Cantabria will become, after an agreement with the Balearic Islands, an "experimental laboratory" for the generation of energy from the force of the waves. The community has been chosen to develop a pilot test of the ROE (Renewable Ocean Energy) project, a initiative promoted by the Balearic Islands Maritime and Logistics Cluster, the company ROE and Sunwa Technologies and the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) that aims to generate renewable energy from the wave force of sea waves.
According to the general director of Industry, Energy and Mines of Cantabria, Daniel Alvear, in terms of marine renewables, Cantabria has an outstanding track record, in addition to being, as he said, "an area of priorities" for the regional government within strategic planning intelligent.
The director of Cantabrian Industry has valued the technological capacity of Cantabrian companies and clusters linked to marine renewables and the maritime sector.
For his part, the president of the Cantabria Maritime Cluster, Juan Luis Sánchez, stressed that "Cantabria is also taking a path that is firmly committed to innovative renewable energies to achieve the objective of the European Commission that advocates a climate-neutral Europe in 2050". In addition, he has stressed that the Cantabrian Sea is an "ideal location for the generation of wave energy", for which reason "bet on it".
The innovative component of the ROE project focuses on the marine hydraulic turbine that the company Renewable Ocean Energy intends to build and attach with an auxiliary anchorage to the breakwaters of the ports.
The hydraulic system of this turbine has the capacity to take advantage of the energy produced by the waves when they break against the breakwaters, generating an average electricity of 15 Kw/h to 25 KW/h per unit.
In this sense, through the technology of the ROE project, the same amount of renewable energy can be produced in 100 m2 as in 1,200 m2 of photovoltaic energy, as explained by the technicians responsible for the development of this initiative.
According to the promoters of the project, its development and application in the different ports will reduce the carbon footprint, eliminate polluting emissions from the ports, noise control, a minimal visual impact since it blends in with the environment and, finally, a efficient supply of renewable energy to those currently on the market, with 24-hour energy production.