The most western of the Canaries, the island that is closest to 100% renewable (thanks to its unique hydroelectric power station ), now wants to take advantage of the energy of the waves.
The public company Gorona del Viento (in which the majority shareholder is the Cabildo Herreño), the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (scientific and technical infrastructure specialized in the R & D of marine energies) and the University of La Laguna have just signed a collaboration agreement for the development, in El Hierro, of a device for the use of wave energy or energy from waves.
The president of Gorona del Viento , Belén Allende; the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of La Laguna, Francisco Almeyda (pictured, on the right); and the director of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands, Octavio Llinás (on the left), signed on Friday the collaboration agreement in Valverde, the capital of El Hierro. The agreement aims to start up a prototype for the use of wave energy. The device has been devised by the IngeMar R & D Stable Team of the University of La Laguna, a team coordinated by Dr. Isidro Padrón Armas. The Stable Team has patented the grabber of the wave energy object of the agreement, whose destination would be the El Hierro coast, which has a high wave energy potential in its north face: between 20 and 25 kilowatts per meter of wave front ( Evaluation of the Wave Energy Potential , Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy).
The device patented by the Stable R & D Team IngeMar of the University of La Laguna works with the technology of the oscillating water column (OWC). The idea is to materialize a prototype to assess its technical and economic viability. According to the Vice Chancellor of the ULL, Francisco Almeyda, we are facing an “attempt to take advantage of one of the great renewable energy resources that we have in the Canary Islands, the energy that comes from the waves, and we hope that the results obtained with this experience will be highly positive. and that can be generalized and extrapolated to other areas of the Archipelago. ” The vice-chancellor has expressed his satisfaction with this agreement, which is only a new case of successful collaboration between the ULL and a mainly public company.
The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (Plocan) is a kind of outdoor laboratory, in the open sea, in which universities, technology centers and companies can test in real conditions their devices for the use of marine energies. Plocan, which is fully sensorized, offers data and knowledge of ocean parameters, such as those relating to currents, dust in seasonal suspension, morphology, pH, temperature, etc., “from the bottom of the ocean to the atmosphere”.
Well, this Platform will also collaborate in the implementation of the initiative that concerns us. “Our objective – explained the director of Plocan, Octavio Llinás – is to mobilize the technological developments in the Canary Islands, in this case, of the University of La Laguna, to promote the conversion of maritime marine technical scientific knowledge of excellence in sustainable socioeconomic activity; it is about accelerating the possibility that the knowledge of the universities becomes an industrial reality and economic value “.
Belén Allende, President of Gorona del Viento : “We are confident that the research excellence of the University of La Laguna, together with the development of cutting-edge equipment from Plocan and the experience of Gorona will bring solid advances to the promotion of this type of technology”