Spain: Mutriku wave power plant inaugurated

Spain-based utility Ente Vasco de la Energia announced it has inaugurated the Mutriku wave power plant, located between Bilbao and San Sebastian.

Voith Hydro supplied the equipment for the 300-kW project's 16 units, which employ Voith Hydro' OWC (oscillating water column) technology, Voith reported.

The wave power plant is the first worldwide in commercial operation, a press release states.

Dr. Roland Muench, chief executive officer of Voith Hydro Holding, stated: "The rising global demand for green energy is proving to be a strong catalyst for the implementation of innovative forms of renewable energy. The Mutriku project shows: Our wave power technology is commercially viable and ready for wide deployment on the global markets. To further this development, adequate feed-in-tariffs for wave power, as already exist in some countries, can now set the right political framework."

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