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SPOTLIGHT ON THE BASQUE COUNTRY FEATURE SPONSOR


BASQUE COUNTRY: INDUSTRY FOR A WAVE FUTURE


Located in the north of Spain, the Basque Country represents one of the largest industrial concentrations in Europe and is the region with the highest R&D intensity in the country


This industrial and technological positioning has allowed the region to become a worldwide reference in driving the wave energy alternative, both having a complete value chain led by several converter developers and a unique set of R&D infrastructures for testing and validation of marine energy components and systems.


BASQUE COUNTRY: PUBLIC-PRIVATE COLLABORATION BETTING ON MARINE ENERGY The diversity of stakeholders that are present in the value chain as well as


organisations, consider wave energy as one of its prime commitments.


Within its 150km of total coast length, the Basque coast is in a unique position to benefit from wave energy and to develop and test wave power generating devices. Moreover, the available medium-high level resource facilitates testing in a less aggressive environment than other locations.


This is complemented by the regional existing expertise in marine renewable energy technologies, based on a


project funded by the European Commission through the COSME Go International programme, partnering with clusters from Denmark, Sweden, Scotland and Belgium.


UNIQUE TEST-SITES Two world reference infrastructures have been boosted by EVE in the field of wave energy, Mutriku OWC plant and BiMEP, in order to develop a scientific- technological offer and position the Basque Country as an international benchmark in wave energy. Mutriku OWC is the first grid-connected wave


Mutriku Wave Power Plant Credit: EVE – Basque Energy Agency


the energy potential of the Basque coast make marine energy a strategic bet of the Basque Country. In fact, the Basque Energy Technological and Industrial Development Strategy (energiBasque), developed in collaboration between the Basque Government and over 130


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tradition for collaboration and the support of relevant entities such as EVE (Basque Energy Agency), SPRI (Business Development Agency of the Basque Government) and the Basque Energy Cluster, which currently coordinates ELBE (Europe Leading Blue Energy), an internationalisation


energy plant in Europe (mainland) and an up-and-running test site for new concepts. The facility opened in July 2011 and all the power generated is fed into the grid for general consumption.


On the other hand, the Biscay Marine Energy Platform (BiMEP) is a singular


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