This pioneering wave energy project will consolidate Leixões as a sustainable port and reduce its environmental impact. The project is emission-free and as such will reduce emissions associated with APDL and promote the achievement of our renewable energy targets.
APDL will thus become a pioneer in the field of wave energy and will gain worldwide recognition for the project.
Using wave energy to generate electricity at APDL's facilities will increase the Port's resilience and reduce its dependence on the external power grid. The use of wave energy allows for more efficient power generation, as the EWP wave power system requires much less land area than other renewable energy sources.
The clean electricity generated by the wave energy system can be used to meet daily electricity needs or alternatively sold, providing a new source of revenue for the region.
By implementing the project, APDL will help the Portuguese government meet its commitments under the national strategy EI-ERO and promote national renewable energy targets.
From an infrastructural point of view, the implementation of the EWP brings additional benefits as the floats installed on the outside of the marine structure reduce the effects of wave erosion, which increases the longevity of the structures and reduces maintenance costs.
As it is a pilot project, the EWP will be a landmark visit for heads of state, diplomats and investors who care about the environment and will come to the Port of Leixões to study and observe this new cutting-edge technology. In addition, the construction of a wave energy project in APDL's facilities will create new employment opportunities for professionals and technicians, and promote the emergence of a new local industry in the region.
At the same time, with this installation, we are fulfilling the original development premise of the breakwater, which was based on the goal of hosting a wave energy project and is now being used for the purpose for which it was actually built, demonstrating the appropriate use of resources public resources.
The project will allow the region to support the objectives of the Portuguese government in relation to wave energy under the strategy EI-ERRO and facilitate the creation of an industry for this production in the country. This unique project will help the region achieve the EU renewable energy directives as well as the national renewable energy targets.
The project will also be an important source of new foreign direct investment in the surrounding city, particularly through the development, construction and maintenance of the plant, which will create significant employment opportunities and encourage the creation of new industrial centers in the region.
The northern region will be a pioneer in the field of wave energy and will take the lead in this type of energy production, obtaining the first wave energy project in Portugal connected to the electricity grid.
The plant will also distinguish the surrounding areas as sustainable cities and consolidate the brand of eco-tourism destination, as it will attract scientists, energy experts, students and investors from around the world who want to explore this new type of renewable energy. in activity.
The project will expand local capacity to generate clean electricity and, in particular, make the city of Porto less dependent on other energy sources.
The project will be a model for other coastal cities in Portugal and around the world that will try to adopt similar practices for their own energy needs. Being 100% emission-free, it will reduce fuel-related pollution in surrounding cities.
The EWP project also hopes to position itself as a model for other national and international ports, helping to inspire real change and the global energy transition.