Photo: PLOCAN CEO José Joaquín Hernández Brito and Ocean Oasis COO Sebastian Feimblatt.
This week, Ocean Oasis COO Sebastian Feimblatt and CTO Thomas Berge Johannessen visited PLOCAN CEO Jose Joaquin Hernandez Brito and team to formalize the plan towards the research and testing taking place at PLOCAN’s offshore test site later this year.
PLOCAN provides multipurpose technical-scientific service infrastructure that provides support supporting research, technological development and innovation in the marine and maritime sectors. This infrastructure incorporates both onshore and offshore experimental facilities and laboratories.
PLOCAN will provide the necessary research infrastructure and support for the testing of Ocean Oasis’ full-scale pilot desalination buoy. Access to the test site is managed through the MARHIS aggregated infrastructure.
We are excited to be able to advance our offshore desalination technology with an institution like PLOCAN and continue our R&D activity in Gran Canaria.Sebastian Feimblatt, Ocean Oasis COO
The director of PLOCAN, José Joaquín Hernández Brito, highlights that with direct exposure to the Atlantic Ocean and the presence of the trade winds, the Canary Islands show significant wave energy potential, especially on the north coast of the islands. Estimated data suggests a wave energy range of between 15-20 kW/m. The current proposal of the Canary Islands Energy Strategy (EECan25) 2015-2025 of the Government of the Canary Islands, identifies the use of wave energy potential as a great opportunity to exploit natural resources for the benefit of the islands.
Devices such as the Ocean Oasis, continues Hernández Brito, guarantee the use and viability of this energy resource by applying it to real solutions aimed at lowering the price of drinking water production and the environmental sustainability of regions such as ours with a high dependence on desalination.
Offshore wave-powered desalination in the Canaries presents a great opportunity, to supply the islands with desalinated water and at the same time reduce the environmental impact and cost. Ocean Oasis will establish an office and part of its R&D activities in Gran Canaria.
Feb 15, 2022