Spain’s first wave power plant has gone into production in the Basque seaport of Mutriku, located between Bilbao and San Sebastian. The Mutriku wave power plant, consisting of 16 units, will generate an estimated 300 kilowatts in power, enough electricity to supply 250 homes. Utility Ente Vasco de la Energia (EVE) inaugurated the wave power plant today in a special event.
“The rising global demand for green energy proves to be a strong catalyst for the implementations of innovative forms of renewable energy,” said Dr. Roland Muench, Chief Executive Officer of Voith Hydro Holding who provided the equipment for the wave power plant. “The Mutriku project shows: Our wave power technology is commercially viable and ready for wide deployment on the global markets. To further this development, adequate feed-in-tariffs for wave power, as they already exist for a number of renewables, can now set the right legal framework.”
According to Voith Hydro, its wave power technology can be deployed in both new and existing breakwater as well as in purpose-built structures. The company says its oscillating water column (OWC) technology is the only one that has been successfully proven with regard to commercial utilization. The company has been operating the Limpet wave power plant on the Scottish island of Islay for more than a decade and the plant has been running for more than 65,000 grid-connected hours.
It is estimated that worldwide potential of ocean energies is 1.8 terawatts and today still remains largely untapped.