Representatives from ORE Catapult travelled to the offices of Tecnalia in Bilbao to meet with RECODE project partners and get an update on the status of the project. Representatives from Zunibal S L, Ditrel Industrial S.L and Clusters de Energia detailed the latest developments, and highlighted that the project has moved from concept development to […]
Representatives from Zunibal S L, Ditrel Industrial S.L and Clusters de Energia detailed the latest developments, and highlighted that the project has moved from concept development to the testing and demonstration phase.
Zunibal is leading on Work Package 2 and 3 – the safety monitoring and control device and the wave measuring buoy. The safety monitoring and control device is already deployed and under test at ocean energy test site Bimep, just along the coast from Bilbao.
The hull development for the wave measuring buoy has also been completed, and the work on the mooring and anchoring is progressing, with the electronics currently under lab testing. The buoys, complete with the electronics, will be deployed at Bimep for testing in the next few months.
Ditrel is leading on Work Package 5 – designing a device to cable connector. The housings have been manufactured and the device is just about to undergo six months of wet tests, also at Bimep, which the company hopes will get underway in February.
The group also travelled out to Bimep, in the village of Armintza-Lemoiz, to see the test site for themselves and some of the tests already underway there.
Pablo Ruiz-Minguela, RECODE project coordinator and Head of Wave Energy for Tecnalia, said: “It was extremely helpful to have some of the key project partners come together in Bilbao as it allowed us to update everyone on the latest developments in the project, and to see the site where much of the testing will take place.
“Progress in the project, and in development of the four ocean energy technologies, has been going extremely well and we are all looking forward to entering this next, critical phase of testing and demonstration.”