The Balearic Islands and Cantabria join forces to explore and enhance coastal resources for the energy transition.
The Balearic Islands and Cantabria join forces to explore and enhance coastal resources for the energy transition
Vice President Yllanes has addressed with the maritime clusters the need to decarbonize the ports with on-site renewables, as well as the feasibility of the first pilot experience of the Renewable Ocean Energy project
The vice-president and councilor of Energy Transition, Productive Sectors and Democratic Memory, Juan Pedro Yllanes, discussed this Tuesday with Cantabria, the maritime clusters of both autonomous communities, the Ocean Renewable Energy and the UIB, the potential of the coastal territories and the its resources regarding the impetus in the energy transition.
Yllanes, who opened the "Reduction of energy costs for the application of new technologies" seminar, explained that the Balearic Islands has a specific item of 30 million euros within the Investment Plan for the Energy Transition ( PITEIB) for the decarbonisation of the sea and the promotion of innovative projects and tractors that contribute to the decarbonisation of the economy.
"We are clear that it is not only enough to bet on photovoltaic energy, but that, just as with the economy it is important to bet on diversification, it is also important for our energy model. This is where our commitment to marine energies such as wind and wave energy comes into play", pointed out Yllanes, at the same time as acknowledging that "our ports also have great potential". "We see pioneering projects emerging in some places and we want all the ports of the autonomous community to be able to incorporate forms of energy generation through waves or wind", he said.
In this sense, the vice-president highlighted 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, by incorporating new technologies in photovoltaics that do not see their production interrupted by the available hours of sunlight. An ideal complement to explore and enhance for these regions that have these coastal resources, as Cantabria also has", said the vice-president.
The general director of Energy Transition and Climate Change, Pep Malagrava, also attended the seminar; the general director of Industry, Energy and Mines of the Government of Cantabria, Daniel Alvear; the president of the Maritime Cluster of the Balearic Islands, Iolanda Pedra; the president of the Maritime Cluster of Cantabria, Juan Luis Sánchez; the CEO of Renewable Ocean Energy, Antonio Cañellas, and Jaume Carot, rector of the University of the Balearic Islands.
Malagrava has pointed out that "the Balearics must lead the projection of marine renewables, and projects such as the renewable energy in ports promoted by the Maritime Cluster of the Islands is a model to follow to decarbonize one of the points of greatest emission such as the ports. In addition, this energy will be able to reduce the emissions of ships that dock and stop having their fossil engines running in order to be able to plug in at the port and consume 100% renewable energy».
For his part, the director general of Industry, Energy and Mines of the Government of Cantabria, Daniel Alvear, has asserted that "in terms of marine renewables, Cantabria has an outstanding track record. The director of Cantabrian Industry highlighted the technological capacity of Cantabrian companies and clusters linked to marine renewables and the maritime sector. In addition, in the field of marine clean energies, Alvear has put on the table Cantabria's history of collaboration with other autonomous communities of Green Spain, through the Atlantic Wind Supercluster. "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", said Alvear.
Iolanda Pedra, president of the Maritime and Logistics Cluster of the Balearic Islands, highlighted at the meeting: "if you have to point out one of the most polluting sectors, energy is one of them. It is only necessary to remember some official data on this subject which indicate that CO2 emissions from this sector represent close to 65% of the total of gases with a greenhouse effect in the atmosphere, caused by human activities. Some estimates suggest that approximately 40% of total CO2 emissions are attributed to the energy sector and, according to data from Xarxa Elèctrica Española, the Spanish energy sector last year emitted the equivalent of 54.1 million tons of CO2 ».
The Maritime and Logistics Cluster of the Balearic Islands proposed a pilot test in Cantabria to generate renewable energy from seawater at the seminar. This is how he explained the possibility of dealing specifically with the feasibility of the first pilot experience of the ROE (Renewable Ocean Energy) project in Cantabria, together with the Maritime Cluster of Cantabria and the autonomous governments of the Balearic Islands and Cantabria.
For his part, Juan Luis Sánchez, president of the Maritime Cluster of Cantabria - MarCA has assured that: "Cantabria is also taking a path that is firmly committed to innovative renewable energies". The president has highlighted the strong commitment of the maritime sector of the Cantabrian community to decarbonisation through the use of alternative energies, using as an example the renewable energy project through hydrogen and green ammonia, Green Hidrogen Cantabria . "Wave energy is an opportunity to add capacity to our community to achieve sustainability goals", said Sánchez.
ROE is a pioneering project in the technology market for the generation of renewable energy through the force generated by sea waves. The initiative is part of the bank of projects promoted by the Maritime and Logistics Cluster of the Balearic Islands, to give a real response to the political recommendations collected in its Bluefasma initiative and recently presented to the European Commission.