December 14 (Renewables Now) – The Spanish government on Friday approved the national roadmap for the development of oceanic renewable energies aimed at enabling the deployment of up to 3 GW of floating wind and up to 60 MW of various types of marine energy in 2030.
The government will support the plan by releasing at least 200 million euros ($ 226 million) of public funds from the Recovery and Resilience Facility to finance research and development (R&D) of new offshore technologies, strengthen platforms testing forms of the country and creating the best environment for testing new prototypes, he said. An additional 500 to 1 billion euros will have to be invested in port infrastructure.
Spain has not developed fixed offshore wind farms because its territorial waters are too deep to make such projects viable, the government said. Nevertheless, the country has over 20 years of experience in building onshore wind farms and has a well-developed national value chain to transition to floating wind technologies.
“Of the 27 floating solutions currently identified in the world, seven are Spanish patents”, states in the roadmap.
The government now expects national industrial and innovation capacities to heat up further and allow Spain to have between 1 GW and 3 GW of floating wind capacity and 40 MW to 60 MW of other marine energies in the pre-commercial phase by the end of the decade. .
The whole plan aims to make Spain the European and world reference point in technological R&D, to improve its industrial capacities, to create quality jobs and to ensure the orderly deployment of energy installations. renewable marine resources, the government added.
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