PLOCAN is organising a webinar on “Progress in cost-effective wave energy harvesting for isolated systems and islands” with the participation of the CEO of WEDGE Global and president of the Marine Section of the Association of Renewable Energy Companies (APPA Marina), Francisco García, the CEO of Ocean Energy Europe, Rémi Gruet, and the CEO of Wavepiston, Michael Henriksen.
The webinar will be presented and moderated by PLOCAN CEO, José Joaquín Hernández Brito, and will take place at 11am Canary Islands time (12pm CET), on Thursday 15 October. To register, please click on the following link.
The PLOCAN test site has hosted several wave energy prototype tests and will soon be playing host to Wave to Energy and Water (W2EW), supported by the European Union’s Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) programme, which aims to demonstrate and implement a combined power generation and water desalination solution based on a full-scale wave energy system with a capacity of 150 kW and the ability to produce 28,000 m3 of desalinated water per year.
The aim of these prototype tests is to develop the first commercial applications mainly targeting islands and remote coastal communities. The test facilities at PLOCAN and Gran Canaria are an ideal location to demonstrate the W2EW system: the climate is very favourable with strong, but not extreme, waves and PLOCAN’s offshore platform will reduce infrastructure costs.
The activities carried out at the test site are designed to complete the cycle of knowledge by transforming scientific excellence and know-how into functional technology, assembling technologies for use in cost-effective business models and developing innovative standards and procedures in line with the scientific and social values demanded in the twenty-first century.
In Spain, and in the Canary Islands in particular, far-reaching efforts are being made to transform knowledge into economic diversification in the short and medium term. These efforts are rewarded by the creation of jobs and economic activity, a solution to the challenges of a society which needs to find new ways of creating economic and social value, new products and services in keeping with the times and the state of the art.
The harnessing of marine energy, and the challenge of an ecological transition through renewable natural resources in line with the goals of the European Green Deal and of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations, offer the Canary Islands an unparalleled opportunity to be a European test bed; a place where innovations are developed, where new regulations are forged in tune with the times and where the benefits of the sea are reaped.