In the Canary Islands, a prototype floating desalination plant is being tested, moving only due to wave energy.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (EFE) — The Norwegian company Ocean Oasis this Monday unveiled a prototype wave-powered Gaia floating desalination plant that will be tested at the Oceanic Platform de Canarias test facility. (PLOCAN), in the port of Las Palmas.

This technology will produce fresh water in ocean waters, using wave energy to carry out the desalination process and bring fresh water to the coast.

The company’s COO, Sebastian Feimblatt, explained in media statements that they will test the prototype, which was installed at the Juan Sebastian Elcano dock in the port of La Luz and Las Palmas, for a year, and after that period of time, they will test the next buoy larger size and load capacity.

The investment in the project reaches two million euros and has both public and private money, from Norwegian innovation institutions, FEDER funds from the European Union, as well as with the cooperation of the Government of the Canary Islands, Cabildo de Gran Canaria and ICEX. Export and investment in Spain.

Feimblatt specified that the desalination target would be between 500 and 1,000 cubic meters per day, which is “in line with consumption in the Canary Islands.”

“We intend to work with companies that are already desalination to increase their capacity and reduce water pressure in a sustainable way,” said Ocean Oasis COO, adding that this prototype is self-contained and can be docked. anywhere easily.

“And from there, the water is desalinated and delivered to the coast, reducing the environmental impact and reducing the energy consumption that desalination plants currently have,” said Feimblatt, who also indicated that the water will be fed to connection points with the system. on land with a simple drive across the seabed.

Feinblatt said the Canary Islands provide them with an “ideal” environment to test their technology, thanks to PLOCAN’s infrastructure, expertise and location, and the ability to develop their solution in a market “as important as the Canary Islands.” islands in terms of desalination and marine activities.

Ocean Oasis Development technical manager Thomas B. Johannessen explained during the presentation that the prototype assembled at the port of Las Palmas is seven meters in diameter and ten meters high and weighs about 100 tons.

“The device extracts wave energy from the relative motion of two bodies and uses this energy directly to carry out the reverse osmosis desalination process without the need to generate electricity, which increases the efficiency of the process,” he said.

He also added that the anchoring of the Gaia will take place at the southern end of the PLOCAN test facility at Punta de la Mareta.

For his part, the president of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, emphasized that desalination is “essential for this island” and stated that they depend on it “to survive.”

“Now we are in a period of intense drought and climate change is 80% approaching desertification, so our survival depends on the sea,” insisted the President of Gran Canaria, noting that the island reality is completely driven by this. fact.

In addition, PLOCAN Director José Joaquín Hernández ensured that Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands are “a reference bank for issues related to marine renewable energy in Europe” and highlighted the “enviable state” of resources, port infrastructure, knowledge and research centers.

Thus, Hernandez asked, in connection with the administrative simplification of bureaucratic issues related to renewable energy, “to move at a faster pace in accordance with the urgency of the climate” and in a situation “in the midst of a war when energy is being used as a weapon.” EFE

By Peter Kavinsky

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