The Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) has published four aid programs for investment in pilot projects and test platforms and port infrastructure for marine renewables . These projects will initially be endowed with 200 million euros from the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR).
The Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE), dependent on MITECO, will be in charge of managing these grants, which will be awarded on a competitive basis and will be implemented as a non-refundable grant that may be advanced to the beneficiary.
In the evaluation of the projects, the incorporation of equipment to improve knowledge of the marine environment, the search for synergies with other activities, such as aquaculture or fishing, and the evaluation of potential environmental impacts on the marine environment will be taken into account. In addition, test platforms located in marine areas belonging to islands or provinces that contain municipalities included in the Just Transition Zones will be prioritized.
The line of aid that is submitted to a public hearing is divided into four subprograms, each one endowed with a preliminary budget of 50 million : test platforms for marine renewables in research organizations; other testing platforms for marine renewables; marine renewable technology demonstrators; and joint projects of marine renewable technology demonstrators and testing platforms.
This aid program is in line with the objectives of the recovery plan and contributes to achieving, at least, the milestone of six advances in new technological projects or marine renewable energy infrastructures in Spain by 2026.
At the same time, it is part of the actions included in the “Roadmap for the development of offshore wind power and energy from the sea in Spain”, which seeks to promote the effective deployment of marine renewable energy in Spain and convert the country in a place of reference for the testing of new prototypes and associated technological solutions . The objective, scheduled for 2030 and reviewable in 2025, is to reach 1 to 3 GW of floating offshore wind power and between 40 and 60 MW, in the case of other marine energies.