The next edition of the European Wave and Tide Energy Conference (EWTEC) will take place in Bilbao in 2023. It was announced by the members of the Joint Research Laboratory on Offshore Renewable Energy (JRL-ORE), promoted by the University of the Basque Country, Tecnalia and the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics – BCAM, during the last edition of the event in Naples.
Bilbao’s candidacy to host the Conference has been promoted by the University of the Basque Country with the collaboration of JRL-ORE. In addition, it has the support of numerous national and international institutions such as universities, public administrations, research centres, private companies and other associations. Dr. Jesús MªBlanco Ilzarbe, professor at the UPV/EHU Higher Technical School of Engineering and coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Master in Renewable Energy in the Marine Environment, and José Luis Villate, head of Tecnalia’s Marine Energies area, will be the president and vice-president of the conference, respectively.
The main objective of the Joint Research Laboratory on Offshore Renewable Energy is to strengthen the research links among its member institutions in order to take advantage of synergies between them and to reach critical masses in the agreed scientific and technological areas. At the same time, JRL-ORE aims to increase the impact of the research done in this area in the business world and society in general.
The JRL-ORE team works in 8 research areas related to offshore renewable energies. These include the power electronics for the marine environment, the modelling and simulation of the generation of this type of energy and its grid integration, the creation of digital models that optimise the operation and maintenance tasks of the installations and equipment, as well as control strategies for the reduction of costs during energy extraction. They also use computational and numerical methods to study fluid dynamics and its applications in this field, perform techno-economic analysis, carry out field and laboratory tests to select the best materials, components and techniques for generating this type of energy and seek out and design innovative technologies to speed up the placing on the market of devices and components that facilitate this task.