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Valenciaport To Start Of A Pilot Project For The Generation Of Electricity From The Waves

Valenciaport to start of a pilot project for the generation of electricity from the waves

Source: Valenciaport
The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) and the Valencia City Council have signed an agreement for the installation of a device for the generation of electrical energy from waves -wave energy- to be located in the Marina de València – January 14, 2022 The Councilor for Climate Emergency and Energy Transition, Alejandro Ramon, and the head of the PAV’s Energy Transition, Federico Torres, explained the
objectives of the WEC (Wave Energy Converter) initiative this morning at a press conference. Through this agreement, the Port of Valencia grants the Valencia City Council authorization to occupy the port public domain for the installation of a device for the generation of wave energy. In this particular case, the council’s proposal is made within the framework of the H2020 MAtchUP demonstration project financed by the European Commission, which plans to develop an innovative and sustainable technological solution by producing energy by taking advantage of wave action, having a great social and environmental. This wave energy collector, due to its characteristics and its own functionality, is going to be located in the hammer of the Valencia Marina Access Channel, an area where the waves affect without obstacle. In this area, due to both the orientation and the morphology of the outer breakwater (vertical breakwater), the reflection of the waves on the vertical wall itself causes an increase in wave height and therefore in wave energy. The device will occupy a total area of ​​105 m2, corresponding to 77 m2 of land and 28 m2 of water surface. Federico Torres has underlined that “this project is in line with the PAV’s strategic line of decarbonisation and commitment to renewable sources within the framework of the Valenciaport 2030 goal, zero emissions. From the Port Authority we are betting with concrete facts with initiatives such as the electrical substation that will supply energy to ships in port, the installation of photovoltaic panels or the location of wind turbines for the production of wind energy”. The head of the PAV’s Energy Transition area congratulated the City Council for this initiative, which “fits perfectly into the common project of turning the city of Valencia into a decarbonisation zone that benefits the entire Valencian society”. WEC Project The WEC (Wave Energy Converter) project will generate about 130,000 kilowatts per year, which will be equivalent to reducing the city’s annual CO₂ production by 16 tons. This innovative action is co-financed 50% by the City Council and the European Union. Councilor Alejandro Ramon explained that “the works will begin during this 2022. We hope that after the summer they can start and that, in 2023, the waves of this city can be used to generate electricity.” The operating system is simple and consists of the installation in the sea of ​​a device, similar to a float, which is connected to a hydraulic arm. The generation of energy is produced by the constant and repetitive movement of elevation and immersion of the float. The cost of the device is 495,000 euros. The Valencia City Council will tender this project in the coming weeks and it is expected to be operational in 2023. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de València (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)

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