Aguçadoura | Aguçadoura Test Site

Aguçadoura Test Site
Aguçadoura Test Site
Lead Organisation WavEC / OceanACT
Country Portugal
Type Wave, Floating Solar
  • Type of Testing Wave, Floating Solar
    Year Established 2000
    Temperate/Tropical Temperate
    Commercial/Array/Full scale/Scale Array, Full scale, Scale
    Development Status Operational


    Aguçadoura is a test site located in the north region of Portugal, under the management of WavEC and OceanACT from 2021 onwards. This test site includes a 3MW export cable, which may be used for the testing of wave energy and floating solar devices, at both full scale or partial scale. A process to update the existing infrastructure is currently underway, including a 3-input subsea hub installed offshore. The test site can be used to test robotic devices, aquaculture infrastructures, as well as ocean monitoring and cleaning systems.
    Aguçadoura has been used for the test of several innovative devices, notably the AWS Archimedes, the Pelamis, the Windfloat Prototype and, starting from 2021, the CorPower device.
  • Number of Berths 1
    Water Depth 40 – 60 meters
    Min Water Depth (m) 40
    Max Water Depth (m) 60
    Avg Water Depth (m)
    Annual mean significant wave height 2.13 m
    Maximum recorded wave height
    Mean (averaged current speed)
    Maximum current speed
    Maximum tidal range 3 m
    Mean wind speed 8.2 m/s
    Max wind speed
    Seabed type sand and clay
    Total test area (km2) 4
    Distance to land 6 km
    Grid connected Y
    Grid connection capacity 3 MW
    Rated export capacity and connection
    Proximity to nearest harbour (km) 25 km (Viana do Castelo Port)
  • Demonstration Projects

    • AWS Archimedes
    • Pelamis
    • Windfloat Prototype
    • CorPower


    Grid connection, 3 MW cable with optical fiber communication, rectifier bank, access to support vessels, access to ROVs

    Equipment available to support site deployments

    To be defined

    Services of test programmes offered on site

    • Support in Licensing and Permissions
    • Access to local, national and regional supply chain
    • Support in the access to funds, venture capital and Investors
    • Business Development
    • Certification Processes
    • Training on Testing Facilities

    Key supply chain companies in the region

    • ASM Industries
    • FiberSail
    • Lankhorst
    • OceanScan
    • OINCC
    • West Sea
    • Composite Solutions
    • EFACEC