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About Us

Our commitment is to do more and better, through innovation, development and transfer of knowledge processes.

 

Our technical and scientific expertise include:

 

 

• Resource assessment and site selection

• Design conditions and feasibility

• Engineering and complex systems modelling

• Instrumentation and data acquisition

• Independent Engineering

• Operation & Maintenance

• Strategy & policy advice

• Environmental and socio-economic impact assessment

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Professor António Sarmento

Professor

History

Pico Power Plant (400 kW)

Azores

WavEC Offshore Renewables was founded in 2003 - under the name Wave Energy Centre - as a private non-profit association aiming to develop wave energy and support companies and research centres in the area, through technical and political strategies.

 

In 2013 WavEC changed its name to WavEC Offshore Renewables due to the extension of activities into offshore wind and prospect of expansion to other fields. WavEC defined as its mission to develop offshore renewable energy through the creation and transfer of knowledge, innovation and dissemination.

 

More recently WavEC extending the scope of activities to offshore aquaculture and ocean engineering projects.

2003
  • Foundation of the Wave Energy Centre
2004
  • First study Potential and Strategy for the Development of Wave Energy in Portugal for Energy and Geology Directorate General
  • Start of refurbishment of the Wave Energy Pico Plant (Programme DEMTEC/PRIME – Ministry of Economy and Consortium of WavEC associates)
  • Support to the 2 MW pilot plant AWS (Archimedes Wave Swing) offshore Póvoa do Varzim, Portugal (wave energy)
  • WAVETRAIN project: A new generation of researchers in the field of wave energy, led by WavEC (FP6, EU) - 2004-2008
  • Start of the support to the Executive Committee Secretariat of Ocean Energy Systems Energy Technology Collaboration Programme of the International Energy Agency - Since 2004
2005
  • Study Preliminary Site Selection Study for Demonstration Wave Farms in Portugal, Multinational oil company
2006
  • WavEC is co-founder of OEE - Ocean Energy Europe
2007
  • Public Session Refurbishment of the Wave Energy Pico Plant
  • WAVETRAIN international short course Wave Energy Realities – Pico Island, Azores
2008
  • First study on Offshore wind: Offshore Wind: Status & Opportunities, requested by EDP Portugal
  • First WavEC Seminar Marine Renewable Energy in Portugal
  • WAVETRAIN2 project: An European Initial Training Network, led by WavEC (FP7, EU) - 2008-2012
2009
  • Participation in SURGE project, test and assess of the Finnish WaveRoller device, near Peniche (FP7, EU) - 2009-2012
  • Offshore Wind: Study Licensing Process WindFloat, for Principle Power
2010
  • Public Entities Training Courses (co-organised by Maritime Affairs)
  • Colaboration with Portuguese Maritime Magazine Revista de Marinha - Since 2010
  • Participation in creation of EERA Marine (European Energy Research Alliance)
2011
  • Participation in MARINET project: Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network (wave and currents) (FP7, EU) - 2011-2015
  • Participation in DEMOWFLOAT project: Demonstration of offshore wind technology WindFloat, offshore Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal (FP7, EU) - 2011-2016
  • Public Session WindFloat Project in Portugal, Póvoa de Varzim
2012
  • Environmental monitoring of the WindFloat
  • Wave Energy Centre changes name to WavEC Offshore Renewables
  • Participation in working group OC4 - Offshore Code Comparison Collaboration Continuation
  • Participation in working group OES Annex V, Exchange and Assessment of Ocean Energy device Project Information and Experience
2013
  • OCEANET project: Marie Curie Actions - Initial Training Network, led by WavEC (FP7, EU) - 2013-2017
  • Strategic support in the field of ocean energy for the Ministry of Energy of Chile
  • Marine energy potential assessment in Costa Rica (Instituto Costarricense de Electricidade)
  • WavEC’s 10th Anniversary celebration event
2014
  • WETFEET project: New engineering concepts and components in wave energy, led by WavEC (H2020, EU) - 2014-2018
  • Start of EUREC MSc in Renewable Energy – Ocean Energy (EUREC - European Renewable Energy Centres Agency)
  • Startup of Marine Biology and Oceanography Laboratory
2015
  • Pro-Drone, the first spin-off of WavEC in the field of wind turbine inspection and monitoring with UAVs (drones)
  • First activity in ocean engineering solutions: Test of anticorrosive painting on an offshore installation in Norway
2016
  • Preparation of Licensing Guidance for Marine Renewable Energy Projects in Portugal
  • WavEC joins the governmental working group responsible for the development of the report Ocean Energy: Roadmap for an Industrial Strategy of Renewable Ocean Energy
  • Preparation of the decommissioning plan of the WindFloat
  • Memorandum of understanding with company LOC (London Offshore Consultants) for the expansion of activity to offshore wind farm engineering
  • First work in the field of offshore aquaculture: Numerical modelling of an aquaculture structure
2017
  • Support to the development and set-up of the AIR Centre, Atlantic - International Research Centre, a network of laboratories for the sustainable development of the Atlantic
  • Applications for two patents, one in wave energy and another in underwater robotics
  • KRAKEN project: Development of a robotic arm for offshore operations. Project led by WavEC (OCEANERA-NET/FCT) - 2017-2019
  • Creation of two new business fields, Offshore Renewable Energies and Aquaculture and Special Engineering Projects

Team

WavEC is formed by a multidisciplinary team specialized

in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Computers, Industrial Management,

Biology, Environment, Economics and Business Studies.

 

Board of Directors

António Sarmento

President of the Board of Directors

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Doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) from the University of Lisbon. Retired (2013) Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of IST.

Founder and President of WavEC Offshore Renewables. Founder and member of the Board of OEE (Ocean Energy Europe, previously the European Association of Ocean Energy) until 2016. Associate Editor of JOWE (Journal of Ocean and Wind Energy). Active in the field of marine renewable energy for almost four decades with work on hydrodynamics, control, conceptual design, LCOE and public policies.

Ana Brito Melo

Executive Director

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Ana Brito e Melo holds a PhD (2000) and a Master (1995) in Mechanical Engineering and a first degree in Civil Engineering (1992) from the IST (Instituto Superior Técnico) of the Technical University in Lisbon. Ana has more than 20 years of experience in wave energy, starting from tank tests and numerical modelling, towards technology assessment, site selection and feasibility studies. She became Executive Director of WavEC in January 2012. She is further responsible for running the secretariat and dissemination of the OES.

José Chambel Leitão

Member of the Board of Directors - Hidromod

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José Chambel Leitão has a Civil Engineering degree and a Doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Lisbon. He has about 30-year experience in consultancy and operational systems in the areas of wind wave’s propagation, hydrodynamics, water quality and dispersion problems, hydrology and river basin management. He is a Director at Wavec and one of the managers of HIDROMOD.

Teresa Ponce de Leão

Member of the Board of Directors - LNEG

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Maria Teresa Costa Pereira da Silva Ponce de Leão has a Doctorate degree in  Electro technical Engineering and Computers. She is lecturer at FEUP University and senior researcher at INESC Porto. President of LNEG - National Energy and Geology Laboratory since 2009. Founder member of EERA – European Energy Research Alliance and Vice President of the Executive Committee. President of EGS – Eurogeosurveys and Vice-President since 2016.

Pedro Valverde

Member of the Board of Directors - EDPI

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Pedro Valverde is responsible for the Cleaner Energy field of EDP Innovation and advisor of the director of “Les éoliennes flottantes du golfe du Lion”, an offshore wind project in southern France. He is member of the board of directors of WavEC. Desde 2008 he has been involved in the WindFloat project in Portugal as member of the Executive Committee. He works with the venture-capital fund of EDP Innovation. McS degree in Electronics and Computers from IST University and post graduation in Project Management and Assessment from Catholic University Portugal.

Ricardo Morgado

Member of the Board of Directors - ASM Industries

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Ricardo start to serve A. Silva Matos (ASM) in 2008 and he is currently the Commercial Director of ASM Industries, a company that operates in the field of manufacturing of steel equipment for renewable and marine industries, such as wind towers, offshore foundations and marine structures. He has a Degree in Environmental Engineering and a Pos Grad in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, both in University of Aveiro. He also has a MBA in Catolica Porto Business School and a Pos-Grad in Sales Management, in Porto Business School.

Communication

Janete Gonçalves

Communication Manager

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Degree in Social and Cultural Communication at the Universidade Católica de Lisboa. Janete Gonçalves started to work for WavEC since the start, in 2003. She is responsible for all communication and dissemination activities within the WavEC and its projects.

Economy and Industry

José Cândido

PhD, Head of the Economy and Industry Area

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PhD in Mechanical Engineering by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST). Degree in Oceanography/Meteorology by Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL). Senior researcher and project manager in offshore renewable energy projects. Research and consultancy activity in offshore renewable energy economics, resource assessment and site selection.

Marta Silva

Project Manager, Economy and Industry

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Degree in Environmental Sciences and Technology by Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, and MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems, at the University of Edinburgh. Marta is working on the development of methodologies for design, monitor and update Roadmaps and other tools in the area of marine renewables.

Rui Sebastian

MSc, Junior Research Engineer

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Master degree in Environmental Engineering at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL). Joins WavEC to collaborate in the analysis and identification of innovation trends of the sustainable exploration of geologic and energetic marine resources.

Monitoring and Technology

Pedro Pires

PhD, Head of the Monitoring and Technology area

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PhD and MSc in Mechanical Engineering at IST, has worked for several years in research in robotics and holds a PhD in the field of robotic surgery. He has joined WavEC in 2013 to work on control, robotics and electronics issues. Pedro is now also active in the field of aquaculture.

Paulo Chainho

MSc, Project Engineer, Electrical Components and Instrumentation

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Master degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with specialization in Energy, at Instituto Superior Técnico, where he has done research on grid integration of offshore renewable energy. Paulo is working in the monitoring and technology department with focus on electrical components and instrumentation.

Gonçalo Fonseca

MSc, Project Engineer, Hardware Projects

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Master degree in Mechanical Engineering at IST in 2015. Gonçalo worked in the industrial maintenance field before joining WavEC in 2017 to work on the development of hardware products and services.

Miguel Cerezo

Project Engineer, Mechanical Design

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Degree in Business Management/Finance - Universidad Complutense (CUNEF, 2003) and another in Mechanical Eng. (U.Cantabria, 2014), has worked in investment banking before moving into engineering. His key areas in WavEC are Mechanical Design and Prototyping

Francisco Fonseca

Offshore Operations Specialist

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Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Executive Master in Sustainable Energy Systems, from Instituto Superior Técnico, with specialization in offshore renewable energy systems. Experience in experimental testing of wave energy converters, control and ocean renewable resource assessment. Project manager in projects related to offshore operations for marine renewable energy systems.

Marine Environment and Public Policies

Teresa Simas

PhD, Head of the Marine Environmental and Public Policies Area

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Degree in Marine Biology and Fisheries at the Universidade do Algarve and masters and PhD in Environmental Sciences at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Teresa is the coordinator of the environmental team and research projects on marine environmental assessment.

Erica Cruz

Project Manager and Researcher - Marine Bioacoustics

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Degree in Aquatic Science at University of Porto and Master in Marine Ecology at the Faculty of Science of University of Lisbon. Erica is working on environmental impact assessment and design and implementation of monitoring programs with focus on underwater noise and cetaceans.

Pedro Vinagre

PhD, Project Manager and Researcher, Marine Communities

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Degree in Biology, MSc in Ecology and PhD in Biosciences – Marine Ecology, at the University of Coimbra. Pedro is working in the Environmental team with focus on marine benthic communities.

Maria Apolónia

MSc, Environmental Engineer/Project Manager

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MsC in Environmental Engineer at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL) with focus . Maria is working in the Environmental team in project management with focus on marine environmental assessment tools.

Numerical Modeling

Marco Alves

PhD, Head of the Numerical Modelling Area

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Degree, masters and phd in Mechanicl Engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico. Specialist for Hydrodynamics of wave energy and floating structures, with experience of around 10 years in the field.

Miguel Vicente

Research Engineer, Numerical Modelling

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Degree in Physics Engineering and master degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico. He started his Phd recently. Researcher on modeling activities.

António Maximiano

Project Manager, Numerical Modelling

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MSc in Mechanical Engineering, specialization in energy by IST in 2012. Has been working in the offshore hydrodynamics field as a project manager and researcher since then. Experience in CFD and model testing. Joined the WavEC numerical modelling team in 2017.

Financial Management and Secretarial

Carla Bacelar

Head of the Financial Management and Secretariat Area

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Degree in Economics at the Faculdade de Economia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and a postgraduation in Finances at Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Financial management and controller.

Catarina Gomes

Financial Assistant

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Postgraduation in Marketing at ISCTE and Degree in Economics at Faculdade da Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Her role at WavEC is focused on giving support to Financial Management.

Andreia Louro

Secretary

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Degree in Support to Managers at the Instituto Superior de Novas Profissões – INP. Andreia is responsible for the secretariat support to the technical team and direction.

Alliances/Partners

Rota Grega

Portuguese company with more than 20 years of experience of work with some of the major world producers in aquaculture. WavEC partner since 2017.

 

http://rotagrega.pt/?lang=pt-pt
LOC (London Offshore Consultants)

World leader company in Marine Warranty Services in the field of offshore oil and gas, offshore wind energy and maritime transport. WavEC partner since 2017.

https://loc-group.com/
Ocean Energy Systems (OES)

Ocean Energy Systems Technology Collaboration Programme

WavEC is responsible for the secretariat of the Executive Committee

https://www.ocean-energy-systems.org/
Ocean Energy Europe (OEE)

WavEC is member of the Board of Directors

https://www.oceanenergy-europe.eu/
EERA Ocean Energy Joint Programme

European Energy Research Alliance. WavEC is member of the Board.

https://www.eera-set.eu/
FÓRUM OCEANO

Association of Maritime Economy. WavEC is member since 2015

http://www.forumoceano.pt/
ANNEX IV - Environmental Effects of Marine Energy Development around the World

Established by the IEA Ocean Energy Systems (OES) in January 2010. WavEC is is the national delegate.

https://tethys.pnnl.gov/about-annex-iv
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

WavEC is Chair-invited Member since 2013.

http://www.ices.dk/Pages/default.aspx
Lisbon Ocean Innovation Centre

Lisbon Ocean Innovation Centre

https://www.oceanoazulfoundation.org/pt-pt/initiatives/lisboa_oceanos/

Clients

WavEC has been working with clients all around the world, highlighting Europe, USA, Canada, Australia.

We are committed to find solutions for the needs of our clients.

Testimonials

Very professional work. Pay attention also for the details that each different clients need with a customize profile. For this new sector, that´s important point to be marked. Each new project idea has a different level of development and technical skill for group and person. Wavec for our specific case, understand very well our needs.

Sandro Bracchi
BS ITALY SRL

O Parecer corresponde, integralmente, ao solicitado, tendo superado as minhas melhores expectativas. Excelente.

Rui Rebelo
Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira

We had a very pleasant, cooperative contact from the beginning until the end of the project. WavEC was professional, well organised and pro-active. The turn-out of the project was beyond expectations. We certainly look forward to continue our cooperation in the future.

Marieke Monroy-Winter

WavEC performed the work as it was expected and - in the uncertainty of the project - was able to produce a valid and compressive work. I recommend WavEC for all energy offshore projects as a most valid partner.

João Cardoso
CEO, Enondas

I have been working with WavEC in several projects for the last two years. I have had the opportunity to work closely with Antonio Sarmento, Marco Alves and Alex Raventos. To achieve Wedge Global’s rapid technology development in Europe and the US, we relied upon the talents of highly motivated people such as WavEC’s Team. We’ve got great results in different topics, hydrodinamic simulation, control strategies, system design and economic modelling, which have been crucial to our ongoing success. WavEC was pivotal in preparing and submitting applications for funding opportunitties in Europe and the US, and really helpful to entry into new geographies such as the US. During my interactions with the WavEC Team, I found them to be independent thinkers that considered not only near term issues but also longer term strategic concerns that placed our overall approach in an appropriate context. Their thinking shows that they can integrate big and very challenging problems. Furthermore, their ability to effectively communicate with others and sell ideas enabled us to promote our agenda broadly. In our two years of working together, WavEC improved our business and helped position Wedge Global as a reputable brand in the wave energy industry. In my opinion, WavEC should set up a branch in the US to improve the quality of its services.

Francisco Garcia
Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Great job and already recommended to one of our shareholders IBERDROLA.

Jose Luis Aguiriano
Managing Director, Oceantec

Fluid communication and collaborative working environment. High quality of results and positive availability to explain details on how those results were obtained

Oscar Prieto
Repsol

I am very happy to write to confirm that WavEC – Offshore Renewables (Portugal) are contributing to the IEE funded Project SOWFIA as leader of Work Package 4. The project runs from October 2010 to September 2013. WavEC’s contribution has been carried out in a professional manner and all tasks required at this point in time have fully completed according to the work programme. It is a pleasure to work with WavEC; the work has been to an excellent high standard and on time and we would be delighted to work with WavEC again, should the opportunity arise.

Deborah Greaves