Since its foundation in 2003, WavEC has been committed to the development and implementation of marine renewables, recognizing the pressing need for a new energy paradigm.
Accelerate an affordable, secure and sustainable energy transition and support the growth of the blue economy.
Delivering effective science-based solutions to drive the energy transition and build a viable blue economy.
Ethical development, commitment, innovation and customer focus.
WavEC’s 20 Years Celebration
Since its foundation in 2003, WavEC has established a pioneering path in the marine renewable energy sector, both in Portugal and beyond. With 20 years of commitment, we have supported Europe's marine renewable energy growth, nurtured future innovators, and disseminated offshore renewable energy knowledge while shaping perceptions and embracing change.
Since 2022 WavEC has set its course towards the digitalization of the blue economy, welcoming a range of research projects. We are taking the forefront of the development of Digital Twins within the context of floating offshore wind, including the Horizon Europe ILIAD project and the Alliance for Energy Transition project funded by the Recovery and Resilience Plan.
WavEC has embarked on an inaugural R&D project on hydrogen production in Portugal – BEYOND – led by EDP New and funded by the EEA Grants. BEYOND concentrates on developing hydrogen production based on offshore wind energy, marking a significant step towards sustainable energy solutions.
In 2019, the International Certification Company (EIC) has certified WavEC for ISO 9001 Quality Management.
WavEC starts a collaboration with EDP and other partners on pioneer solutions for floating solar PV in dams. This collaboration led to the establishment of Portugal's initial two floating solar PV farms at Alto do Rabagão and Alqueva. Image: Cortesy EDP
WavEC, recognized by the National Energy Agency (ANI) as a Technological Interface Centre (TIC) since 2017, plays a pivotal role in advancing scientific and technological knowledge transfer to companies within the national innovation system.
In 2016, WavEC ventured into offshore aquaculture, initiating numerical modeling of aquaculture structures. This step was a response to understanding the significance of offshore aquaculture in the future of the Blue Economy. Subsequently, WavEC engaged in designing new offshore cages for Norwegian clients. This dedication led to supporting the introduction of salmon fish farming in Portugal in 2017 and in Morocco the following year.
In 2005, Pro-Drone emerged as WavEC's first spin-off, focusing on wind turbine inspection and monitoring utilizing UAVs (drones). Additionally, WavEC initiated its activities in ocean engineering solutions by conducting tests of anti-corrosive painting on an offshore installation in Norway.
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WavEC prioritizes the cultivation of future researchers in marine renewable energies. We have coordinated leading European programs like Wavetrain, Wavetrain2, and OceaNET. Moreover, our collaboration with IST (Technical Institute of Lisbon) focuses on specialised education in ocean energy and offshore wind through the EUREC Master on Renewable Energy.
The Wave Energy Center rebranded to WavEC Offshore Renewables and launched a new logo, signaling its widened expertise encompassing offshore wind energy in addition to its existing focus on wave energy.
WavEC had participated in the DEMOWFLOAT project, which demonstrated offshore wind technology, WindFloat, in Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal, under the FP7 of the EU. The testing of the WindFloat prototype began in Aguçadoura in 2011 led by Principle Power, EDP, Repsol, Portugal Ventures, and A. Silva Matos from 2011 to 2016.
In 2007, as the potential of floating wind began to emerge as an opportunity in Portugal, WavEC played an integral role in its early exploration, with WindFloat emerging as the chosen technology for the groundbreaking journey. WavEC produced its first study on Offshore Wind: Status & Opportunities, requested by EDP Portugal.
WavEC had an important role in the creation of the European Ocean Energy Association, now known as Ocean Energy Europe. As one of the five co-founders, we have been actively contributing as a member of the Board since its establishment.
In 2004, WavEC initiated the refurbishment of the Pico Pilot Plant in the Azores, overcoming challenges to enable a decade of operation. Support extended to the 2MW AWS, a wave energy project offshore Póvoa do Varzim, Portugal. Our commitment to supporting ocean energy on an international scale is further demonstrated through our role as the technical secretariat at IEA-OES. This dedication expanded to education through projects like WAVETRAIN, developing the next generation of wave energy researchers and showcasing WavEC's multifaceted role in renewable energy development.
The private non-profit association, Wave Energy Centre, was established in 2003.
WavEC has a multidisciplinary team of highly qualified personnel, with background in several engineering fields, economics, environment, marine biology and communication.
CEO & President of the Board
Member of the Board of Directors - Hidromod
Member of the Board of Directors - EDPI
Member of the Board of Directors - WAM Investments
Member of the Board of Directors - TechnipFMC
Founder & Senior Board Advisor
Ana Brito Melo
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Francisco Correia da Fonseca
Head of Engineering and Operations
Mário Alberto Vieira
Renewable Energy Specialist
Senior Offshore Electrical Engineer
Ricardo Santos Pereira
Wind Energy Specialist
Diogo Neves Ferreira
Offshore Project Engineer
Head of Marine Environment and Licensing
Marine Ecology Specialist
Marine and Coastal Systems Researcher
Marine Mammal and Bioacoustics Researcher
Head of Economy and Business Development
Economy and Life Cycle Assessment Lead Analyst
Techno-Economic Analysis Specialist
Economic Strategy Specialist
Head of Financial Department