Welsh marine energy developer, Marine Power Systems, has joined forces with WavEC to deploy a unique modular floating offshore wind platform in the north region of Portugal.
The Swansea-based company are surging ahead with their technology, after recently announcing they will also be demonstrating a commercial scale array at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland and collaborating with RWE to develop a project plan exploring the supply chain for floating wind in the Celtic Sea.
Floating offshore wind is increasingly featuring in Government decarbonisation targets around the world and Portugal is no exception. The Portuguese government has shown its commitment to offshore wind with a target of 10 GW ofcapacity by 2030 alone. According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition (OREAC), and the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) a staggering 90% of the 131 GW offshore wind potential identified in Portugal is dependent on floating foundations as opposed to fixed
WavEC is a co-founder of the OceanACT consortium, which intends to generate an institution aimed at promoting offshore testing infrastructures in Portugal for blue economy technologies. WavEC has grown to become a leading center of excellence in offshore renewable energy and is currently one of the co-managers of the Aguçadoura test site in the north region of Portugal.WavEC intends to support MPS throughout the licensing and cons enting process, as well as the environmental impact assessment and performance monitoring in Portugal, for which WavEC bring extensive expertise and experience. With the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding, WavEC and Marine Power Systems intend to lay the foundations for a long-term relationship that identifies opportunities for the implementation of Marine Power System’s technology in Portuguese waters, including at the
future Technological Free Zone at Viana do Castelo, and other potential sites. Furthermore, this collaboration will generate a two-way bridge for sharing data and optimising the deployment of MPS technology in Portuguese waters. Technological Free Zones provide a pre-consented area with grid connection where renewable energy technology can be more easily deployed and tested without incurring all the normal
Gareth Stockman, CEO at Marine Power Systems said,
“This project will demonstrate our unique and modular floating platform technology, PelaFlex, at scale. Our technology has
been designed to optimise local content delivery through a decentralised logistics model, and these benefits help utility scale developers minimise costs whilst maximising local economic benefits and accelerating industrial scale farm development. The deep-water zone at Viana do
Castelo brings an excellent wind resource with a grid connection making it a first-rate site for deployment. We are thrilled to be working in Portugal and our partners bring huge expertise and local knowledge to the work we are doing there.