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

Water depth

Water depth = 50-90 m.

Support services

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

Navigation Restricted Area

7 Navigational Marking Buoys.

Sea surface

Sea Surface = 5.2 km2.

Energy Flux

Energy Flux = 21 kW/m.

Overall power

Overall power = 20 MW.

Grid connection

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

Metocean data

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

Closest point to land

Closest point to land = 1.7km.

Control System

vMonitoring and control system (SCADA).

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