ICOE-OEE 2022, the global leading event on ocean energy that will be held in october in Donostia city, announced today that the Basque Energy Agency, Ente Vasco de la Energía (EVE), is participating as platinum sponsor. In recent years, EVE has made a firm commitment to marine renewable energy, and the event will enable it to showcase the Basque Country’s proud industrial heritage and its potential in ocean energy.
The Basque coast is an ideal site for the development and testing of wave energy devices and the region has the technological and industrial expertise needed to position itself as a global reference in this field. EVE is promoting two leading projects in ocean energy: The Biscay Marine Energy Platform (BiMEP) and Mutriku wave power plant. Delegates of ICOE-OEE 2022 will be able to visit both facilities as part of a technical tour during the event.
BiMEP is a unique, grid-connected open-sea test area off the coast of Armintza, which demonstrates and validates wave energy converters and floating wind power platforms. The Mutriku plant uses oscillating water column (OWC) technology to generate energy, and has broken wave power production records, generating 2.4 GWh of electricity since 2011.
The plant, which is the longest-operating commercial plant of its kind in the world, is equipped with 16 turbines and a total installed capacity of 296 kW, and it provides a unique opportunity for testing new air turbine designs, control strategies and ancillary equipment.
Iñigo Ansola, the General Director of the Basque Energy Agency commented: “The Basque Country has the most advanced technology testing infrastructures and a high-capacity industrial base, enabling it to make a decisive contribution to the take-off of this sector. The Basque authorities promote events like ICOE and OEE in the conviction that marine renewables will constitute a new and important source of supply and industrial growth in the coming years.”
About ICOE -OEE
This year, the Basque Energy Cluster and Ocean Energy Europe, together with the International Energy Agency’s Ocean Energy Systems (IEA-OES), are teaming up to deliver a joint event on ocean energy, taking place on 18-20 October 2022. The event will combine the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) and Ocean Energy Europe’s (OEE) annual event.
The unique event, ICOE-OEE 2022, will gather ocean energy professionals and decision-makers from all corners of the globe in Donostia/San Sebastián, in the Basque Country. By joining forces, the organisers will offer an unparalleled opportunity for the sector to showcase its successes, network, and do business.