The direct outcomes that will be achieved by the end of the project will be:
- A methodology for site selection
The concession of marine areas for wave energy projects is a matter of marine spatial planning, and therefore, it is subject to regulations that may differ in each country or region and also with time, since the international energy scenario is likely to change in the near future.
One of the specific objectives of the Waveplam project is to generate recommendations for promoters to guide them through the process of implementing wave energy projects. Deliverable 3.1 deals with the development of a methodology for the selection of suitable sites for wave energy projects.
The purpose of this document is to provide advice to project developers on what criteria to follow in order to select a suitable site for a wave energy project. The methodology explains all the information that needs to be gathered to make an informed decision, about technical, environmental, socioeconomic and regulatory aspects. The document contents information on wave data, where to obtain statistical data, the environmental regulations affecting coastal areas in Europe, quality of the electric grid and offshore activities that may interact with the projects.
A remark that the authors wish to make is that some of the information, especially the one regarding technical issues may not be easy to obtain, and will sometimes involve costs in terms of both money and time. Also, there is heterogeneity in the availability of information and the permitting procedures between countries.
- A guideline for implementing wave energy projects oriented to the decision makers, promoters and investors will be published, tested and presented to these key actors.
- Ten pre-viability studies at ten different sites (foreseen at the north coast of Spain, Portugal, the UK, Greece and Ireland), applying the methodologies and guidelines previously developed.