The WESE Consortium, led by the RD&I Basque center AZTI, includes a multidisciplinary team of partners bringing together technology device developers, Environmental Impact Assessment consultants, academic experts and data managers, aiming to involve the wider community of ocean energy key stakeholders from across Portugal and Spain.
AZTI-Tecnalia is an expert R+D+I centre in marine and food research, and is committed to the social and economic development of the fishing, marine and food sector, as well as to the study of the marine environment and natural resources in the context of sustainable development. The active involvement of AZTI-Tecnalia in society is implicit in its Mission, which refers to its “ongoing commitment to generate economic and social development”. It aims to seek progress and well-being for everyone by generating value through scientific and technological research. So, for every euro invested in AZTI-Tecnalia, society reaps a return of about fifteen euros through the profit from the projects set up in the companies and institutions it collaborates with. At AZTI-Tecnalia we contribute to the knowledge and research of coastal environments necessary to attain sustainable management of resources, goods, and services. Likewise, we perform research to obtain a sustainable fishing activity carried out by an economically competitive fleet, with responsible fishing practices. We are focused on seven areas of research: integral coastal management, operational oceanography, responsible and competitive fishery management, sustainable marine technologies, ecosystems and climate change, aquaculture and marine biotechnology.
WavEC Offshore Renewables was founded in 2003 - under the name Wave Energy Centre - as a private non-profit association aiming to develop wave energy and support companies and research centres in the area, through technical and political strategies. In 2013 WavEC changed its name to WavEC Offshore Renewables due to the extension of activities into offshore wind and prospect of expansion to other fields. WavEC defined as its mission to develop offshore renewable energy through the creation and transfer of knowledge, innovation and dissemination. More recently WavEC extending the scope of activities to offshore aquaculture and ocean engineering projects. Our technical and scientific expertise include: resource assessment and site selection, design conditions and feasibility, engineering and complex systems modelling, instrumentation and data acquisition, independent engineering, operation and maintenance, strategy and policy advice, environmental and socio-economic impact assessment and environmental monitoring.
Biscay marine Energy Platform, BiMEP, is a public company that was created in 2011 to construct, manage and operate the open sea test facilities. The principal promoter of BiMEP is the Basque Energy Board, EVE, owning the 91% of the company. The other 9% belongs to the Spanish Energy Agency, IDAE. BiMEP provides research, testing and demonstration facilities for developers working in the field of ocean and floating offshore wind energy. Both prototypes and ancillary equipment can be installed in BiMEP’s real-conditions testing infrastructures and trialled prior to commercial development. The test area is connected to an onshore substation via four sub-sea cables, and data collection is made easy through a remote monitoring and control system set up in a nearby dedicated facility.
IDOM is an independent multinational company that offers professional integrated services in Consulting, Engineering and Architecture around the world, in areas such as power generation, oil & gas, renewable energies, manufacturing industry, civil infrastructures, nuclear plants, large technological and science facilities, architecture and unique challenging engineering projects. Recently, IDOM acquired the company Oceantec, becoming one of the leading companies in the marine energy sector. Following several years of technology landscaping and exhaustive analysis, Oceantec designed, manufactured and is operating since 2016 the MARMOK-A-5 prototype, the first floating wave energy converter connected to the grid in Spain. IDOM-Oceantec aims to develop effective marine energy converters to sell commercially viable device arrays worldwide. The extensive R&D and testing process undergone has granted the team with both the skills and necessary experience to accomplish any task in the development of marine energy converters.
CTN is an association of companies established in 2003 with the aim to improve the competitiveness of the overall marine and maritime sector through the development of new technological solutions and technology transfer. CTN members are SME’s, large-scale companies, Universities and Research Centres of the marine and maritime sectors. CTN is also a member of different maritime organizations and co-founder of the Spanish Maritime Cluster. CTN encourages the integration of all the actors of the sector with the aim to improve the cooperation and collaboration among them, the search of new business opportunities, the preparation of new innovative solutions and the development of R&D projects. CTN has a wide experience in the development of R&D projects related to the assessment and monitoring of underwater noise. CTN is at present the technology partner in the field of underwater noise pollution of the main national actors on marine environment: the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Spanish General Directorate of Coastal and Marine Environment, the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), the infrastructure of marine observation PLOCAN, the Sea Technology Centre and AZTI Technology Centre. CTN has been the advisory body of the Ministry and the IEO on the field of underwater noise pollution for the development of the marine strategies and is responsible for the development of a proposal of the MSFD Descriptor 11 (Underwater noise) follow-up program in relation to the marine strategies of the 5 Spanish marine subdivisions. CTN has developed a passive acoustic sensor that can be used in different applications in the underwater environment including signal processing in the maritime sector for different applications. CTN also encourages the dialogue and communication among different social agents, institutions, official bodies and different administrations, as well as the promotion of the marine culture and traditions.
AW-Energy Ltd (AWE) is the developer of WaveRoller, leading renewable technology for conversion of ocean waves to electricity. The company is based in Finland, and operates in multiple countries (with projects under preparation or ongoing, among others, in Portugal, Ireland, France, Chile and Mexico). It is backed by strong owners including Fortum, a large European utility company and has been successful in obtaining national and international grant funding for WaveRoller development and installation. AWE has developed, patented, and successfully tested a ground‐breaking wave harnessing technology and it is currently focusing on commercialization of WaveRoller.
HIDROMOD is an SME (ISO 9001:2008 certified), established in 1992 as a high tech consultancy in the field of Computational Modelling of Aquatic Environments. It has a highly skilled team of professionals with Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees. HIDROMOD is working for more than 25 years, almost exclusively, in modelling and information managing tools having nowadays an accumulated experience gathered with the participation in more than 450 projects for clients all around the world in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. In the framework of these projects HIDROMOD carried out studies on wave propagation, sediment transport by combined wave and current action, effluents dispersion, oil slicks transportation, floodplains delimitation, output evaluation of nutrients in watersheds, water quality in reservoirs, and urban hydraulics. The core business of HIDROMOD is shaped by the realization that the use of models and information technologies, complemented with the implementation of monitoring systems, is presently recognized as the most efficient tool for decision support, representing an important added value both for designers and decision-makers. A relevant characteristic of HIDROMOD is the focus on innovation to assure the maintenance of high standards in the tools and approaches that uses. HIDROMOD maintains an almost continuous participation in multiple international R&D projects of which the following are but representative examples: INSEA, EcoManage, AQUASTRESS, INSEA, SCHEMA (EU FP6) and LENVIS, MYWATER, FIGARO (EU FP7), in SOWFIA (IEE) and ODYSSEA (EU H2020).