Blue Economy – Offshore Platforms and Opportunities

26th November 2012, Museu da Electricidade, Lisboa (Electricity Museum, Lisbon)


The WaVEC - Offshore renewables organised its annual international seminar Blue Economy – Offshore Platforms and Opportunities that took place on 26th of November 2012 at the Museum of Electricity in Lisbon, Portugal. The event started with a speech of the Minister of Agriculture, Sea, environment and Spatial Planning and was closed by the Secretary of State of Energy.  The event was sponsored by the Norwegian Embassy in Portugal, the Electricity Museum, EDP Foundation, TA DMC and the European SOWFIA project

The exploitation of the sea in its many aspects such as fishing, maritime transport, leisure craft and particularly energy is considered a natural plan of Portugal, a country that has the largest Exclusive Economic Zone of the European Union with an area of about eighteen times its terrestrial part.

Currently successful projects are underway, as the WindFloat Project (floating platform for wind energy) from EDP and WaveRoller (wave energy) from Eneólica. The operation of the Portuguese Pilot Zone in São Pedro de Moel (managed by REN) is expected to start soon. Many national and international developers are in the waiting line to start. The Maritime and Spatial Planning and a simplified licensing scheme for the development of activities at sea will be announced very briefly.

Taking in advantage this flourishing of sea activities, the WavEC organised its annual international seminar, which aimed to stimulate national and foreign investment in the offshore renewable sector and thus contribute to position Portugal as a global player in this sector. 

The seminar focused on the following four topics:
• SESSION I: Business and Investment Opportunities;
• SESSION II: Wave Energy Centre (WavEC) Expertise and Projects;
• SESSION III: Representative Projects and Initiatives;
• SESSION IV: Public Acceptance and Community Engagement.

PROGRAMME: download here.

SPEAKERS: download here.

Presentation available for download:



SESSION I - Business and Investment Opportunities; Moderator Tiago Pitta e Cunha
Windfloat and supply chain - João Maciel, EDP Inovação (Disponivel em breve)
Waveroller - Erkki Kasanen, AW Energy
Seaweed Energy Solutions - Pal Bakken, Seaweed Energy Solutions
Portuguese Pilot Zone - João Cardoso, Ocean Plug
Kongsberg Maritime and Aak: Capabilities in development of offshore renewable power (Aak; Kongsberg Maritime) - Leif Røv, Aak | Oddbjørn Malmo, Kongsberg Maritime AS - (Read the interview)
Kymanos: Floating OWC and bi-radial turbine - José Varandas, Kymaner - (Read interview)
DGEG - Direcção-Geral de Energia e Geologia - Pedro Cabral, DGEG
Venture Capital - Teresa Fernandes, Portugal Ventures
Challenges and opportunities for an early stage investor - Geir Ove kjesbu, Investinor - (Read the interview)



SESSION II - WavEC - Offshore Renewables (former Wave Energy Centre); Moderator António Sarmento
WavEC at a glance - Ana Brito e Melo (WavEC activities) - Miguel Lopes (Monitoring and Technology at WavEC) - Teresa Simas (Marine Environment at WavEC) - Marco Alves (Numerical Modelling at WavEC) - Alex Raventos (Economy and Industry at WavEC) - Nuno Matos (Public Policies and Dissemination at WavEC)


SESSION III - Representative Projects and Initiatives; Moderator João Fonseca Ribeiro
Portuguese vision for the Atlantic Strategy - João Fonseca Ribeiro, DGPM
Testing and prototyping in offshore renewable energy - Anders Tørud, Straum - (Read interview)
The Norwegian Cluster Model - Vergard Saur, Innovation Norway - (Read interview)
Modular multi-purpose offshore platforms, the TROPOS project approach - Eduardo Quevedo, Plocan
Offshore Energy Technology Observatory - OTEO project - Tiago Morais, INEGI
Managing resource and environmental data for wave energy projects: the Data Management Platform - SOWFIA project - José Chambel Leitão, Hidromod (Read interview)


SESSION IV - Public Acceptance and Community Engagement; Moderator António José Correia
MARGov - Amplifying stakeholders engagement - Lia Vasconcelos, Universidade Nova - (Read interview)
Experience and way forward with the Hywind concept - Trine Ingebjørg Ulla, Statoil - (Read interview)
Example of Orkney - Gareth Davies, Aquatera
Implementation of the portuguese Marine Spatial Plan (POEM) - Margarida Almodôvar, DGPM


Closing Session




27 November: “Workshop on opportunities for cooperation on marine renewables between Portugal and Norway”

The workshop included the opportunity for 6 one-to-one bilateral discussions that must be pre-booked. See preliminary programme
For more information, please contact Arild Ulset at +351 21 301 5344 or e-mail: Arild.Ulset@mfa.no

FAME project workshop: Effects of Marine Renewables and other marine uses on Biodiversity – Atlantic Area, 20/11/2012.

TROPOS: Closed partner meetings, 21-23 November 2012.

SI Ocean: 27 November 2012. Within the SI OCEAN project there will be a Work Package dedicated to resource assessment in which a methodology will be proposed for resource assessment of wave and tidal energy in the Atlantic Arc, as well as the predicted energy production targets for 2020, 2030 and 2050. This methodology was presented and subjected to validation by industry experts during this meeting in Lisbon. More information on the project website.