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Biscay Marine Energy Platform (bimep)
Identification
Hosting Legal Entity
Basque Energy Agency
Address:
Alameda de Urquijo 36, Edificio Plaza Bizkaia, Bilbao, PO: 48011, Basque Country (Spain)
Location
Alameda de Urquijo 36, Edificio Plaza Bizkaia, Bilbao, PO: 48011, Basque Country (Spain)
Structure
Type Of RI
Single-sited
Coordinating Country
Spain
Status
Status
Current Status:
Under construction since 2012
Scientific Description
The Biscay Marine Energy Platform (bimep) is an open sea test infrastructure for research and demonstration of offshore Wave Energy Converters (WEC). The BIMEP.S.A. company was stablished in December 2011 to develop, install, operate and manage the bimep facility. Bimep is designed for testing and demonstrating prototype devices for harnessing ocean energy in terms of their safety and economic and technical viability prior to their full-scale commercial development.

RI Keywords
Marine, Offshore, Full scale, Energy
Classifications
RI Category
Energy Engineering Facilities (non nuclear)
Scientific Domain
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Engineering and Energy
Services
Support services

The facility is offered by experienced researchers with a long track record in research and testing, backed up by internal technical support.

Equipment
Cables

4 Berths & Subsea Lines, 13.2 kV/5 MW.

Sea surface

Sea Surface = 5.2 km2.

Closest point to land

Closest point to land = 1.7km.

Energy Flux

Energy Flux = 21 kW/m.

Support services

Researchand Data Center with bimep's researchers and room for developers.

Overall power

Overall power = 20 MW.

Water depth

Water depth = 50-90 m.

Navigation Restricted Area

7 Navigational Marking Buoys.

Grid connection

1 Onshore Substation with protections and measurement instrumentation for each berth: 20 MW transformer, connected to 132 kV grid.

Control System

vMonitoring and control system (SCADA).

Metocean data

1 Met-ocean Buoy (since Feb. 2009).

Collaborations
Networks
APPA Marina
MARINET
Date of last update: 10/06/2013
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