Generating future

The Magallanes Project was launched in 2007, in Redondela (Galicia, Spain), setting out to develop a technology capable of extracting energy from tidal currents.

The project is in the final stage of assembly and construction of a real scale prototype, 350 tons of weight. Sea trials begin ending 2015, early 2016.

Following a research and development stage, in 2014 Magallanes built and tested a 1:10 scale model, successfully completing official testing at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in the Orkney Islands (Scotland).

The project is based on achieving the most efficient, profitable method possible to obtain tidal energy: a sturdily-built, simple installation, capable of producing in any area in the world, with the easiest maintenance system.

THE RESOURCE

Tides ebb and flow. Always. Tidal movement generates currents which, in some areas of the world, surpass 9 metres per second in intensity. The estimates by the International Energy Agency estimate that tides could obtain at least 1.2 million MWh per annum, meaning 7.5% of all the energy worldwide.

Tidal energy

Energy

  • Fully renewable energy
  • Possibility to predict its availability
  • 40% to 60% yield
  • Time-synchronized energy

Worldwide resource

Tidal power, which channels the currents generated by tidal flow, especially in straits and areas where tidal flow is more intense.

The ten regions in the world that are most suitable for generating tidal power are the north coast of Australia, the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea in Korea, the coast of Chile, the Argentinean coast in Patagonia, the north coast of the U.S.A., the Hudson Strait in Canada, the north coast of Scotland, the northwest French coast and the Strait of Gibraltar.

Technology

The Magallanes Project is the only Spanish initiative at an advanced stage of development that researches into power generation based on tidal energy. The project uses floating technology with no type of barrage or dam, without requiring constructions or pillars in the marine bottom.

Its considerable advantages are: low maintenance, because it has an accessible engine room, a lower installation cost, and a higher degree of efficiency. Since they are floating facilities, they are adaptable to all sea environments with a low environmental impact.

The project

TIDAL ENERGY PLATFORM

Weight: 350 mt

Draft: 25 m

Overall length: 42 m

Breadth: 25 m

Power rating: 2 MW

2 oriented blades: 19 m diameter

The floating system developed by the Magallanes Project is based on building an artefact (a steel-built trimaran), which incorporates a submerged part where the hydrogenerators are fitted.

This platform is anchored to the sea bottom by two mooring lines, to the bow and stern. As this floats, it does not involve any construction on the sea bottom and so it can be installed in any area in the world. This is also the system with the lowest maintenance cost since it makes it possible to access the platform for checking, repairs or any other operation, by boat or ship.

The Magallanes Project sets out to develop and construct, in Galicia, the technology required to win the race for harnessing power from tides, by generating patents, expert teams, the electrical components and shipbuilding industries for floating platforms.

It is the first time that Galicia presents an electrical technology project to harness tidal power in other areas of the world that does not provide for the exploitation of Galicia’s natural resources.

This project is supported by the Regional Government of Galicia (Xunta de Galicia), in the Galician R&D Plan. Forty researchers from universities and technological centres take part in developing the model, based on the latest third generation technologies.

Chronology

2007

Research and development of the Magallanes technology commences.

2009

Magallanes Renovables is established.

2010-2011

Construction of a 1:10 scale model.

2013-2015

Design and construction of the Platform, on a scale of 1:1.

2014

Tests and EMEC testing results with 1:10 scale models and tests on blades in the CNR Insean from Europa hydrodynamic laboratory.

2015

Launching and sea trials with the real scale prototype.

The Magallanes Project requires industrial development backed by know-how of R&D+i, technology and components that already exist in Vigo’s industrial environment. An experienced interdisciplinary team take part in developing all stages of execution: from university research to specialized workers in the shipyard.

Who are we?

Magallanes Renovables

Magallanes Renovables, the managing company for the Project, has its decision-making centre in Redondela (Pontevedra), with the majority of the professionals involved in researching, designing and constructing the prototype and the technology located in the Vigo area.

Stakeholders

 

Sagres SL

This is the parent company of the Partenon textile and clothing group, established in 1958, in Redondela (Pontevedra).

Partenon continues a family tradition in the clothing industry, harking back to the dawn of the 20th century. The company began by producing waterproofs for household use and clothing. In the 1980’s, the company specialized its activity in R&D+i to develop technical clothes for security corps and forces, with waterproof, breathable and fireproof products.

 

Since 1990, the company progressed to internationalization, especially in the markets of Germany and the United Kingdom. From 2000 onwards, the company expanded its range of products (polo shirts, shirts, footwear), becoming integral supplier of products and services for security corps in different countries around the world.

 

ABB

ABB is world leader in electrical engineering and automation. It is present in more than 100 countries and employs more than 145,000 people. Its role within the project is crucial in order to be able to produce the maximum energy from tidal currents and supply quality electricity. Its powerful R&D department, together with its commitment to the Project, makes it an important partner in Magallanes Project.

Leask Marine

Leask Marine is a leading company in special marine operations. Located in the north of Scotland, in Orkney Islands, Leask Marine is a strategic partner for Magallanes Renovables, considering the importance that operations such as installing, uninstalling and maintenace have in the future of the project.

Our team

Corporate management

Alejandro Marques de Magallanes

(Redondela, 1962)

Main shareholder and General Director. A Galician entrepreneur fully committed to innovation who, until now, has been involved in developing Partenon, one of the leading Spanish textile companies in design and production of uniforms and equipment for security corps and forces in Spain and other countries. He is founder and principal driver of Magallanes Project since its inception in 2007. Graduate in law, is CEO of Partenon from 1983.

Technical and Management Team

José Fariña Rodríguez

Marta García Rivas

Javier Grande Rodríguez

Pablo Mansilla Salinero

Adriano Marques de Magallanes

José Nuño Estévez

Francisco Javier Robredo

David Román

Pablo Yáñez Alfonso

THE SEAFARING INDUSTRY

The Magallanes Project was founded in an industrial, technological and professional environment closely linked to and specializing in the seafaring industry, more than 200 years ago: the Ria of Vigo. This environment has generated talent and know-how sufficient to deal with an innovative project in renewable energies: the construction of a floating platform to generate tidal energy in an efficient manner.

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