BiMEP Area | BiMEP

Lead Organisation Biscay Marine Energy Platform, S.A.
Country Spain
Type Wave, Floating Wind
  • Type of Testing Wave, Floating Wind
    Year Established 2011
    Temperate/Tropical Temperate
    Commercial/Array/Full scale/Scale Commercial, Array, Full scale
    Development Status Operational


    As a test infrastructure, BiMEP has been designed to allow testing and demonstration of:
    • Wave energy devices.
    • Prototypes of deep water fixed foundations for offshore wind turbines.
    • Auxiliary equipment and sub-systems.
    • Prototypes of floating platforms for offshore wind turbines.
    • Offshore wind turbines.
    BiMEP has all the necessary licenses for testing devices marine energy collector devices.
    In order to help ensure suitable levels of safety for personnel, the environment and shipping, certain minimum technical requirements must be met. These are listed in the BiMEP Installation Guide.
  • Number of Berths 4
    Water Depth 50-90m
    Min Water Depth (m) 50
    Max Water Depth (m) 90
    Avg Water Depth (m)
    Annual mean significant wave height
    Maximum recorded wave height 9.62 m
    Mean (averaged current speed)
    Maximum current speed 0.94 m/s
    Maximum tidal range 4.5 m
    Mean wind speed 5.86 m/s
    Max wind speed
    Seabed type mostly sandy/rocky
    Total test area (km2) 5.2
    Distance to land 1 NM
    Grid connected Y
    Grid connection capacity 4 x 5 MW
    Rated export capacity and connection 5 MW
    Proximity to nearest harbour (km) 1 NM
  • Demonstration Projects

    R&D Projects


    • Four 13.2 kV/5MW subsea cables fitted with optic fibre.
    • Onshore substation fitted with 25 MVA 13.2/132 kV transformers.
    • Resource measurement using an oceanographic buoy and floating Lidar system.
    • Dry mate subsea connectors.
    • Possibility of feeding in low voltage power (690 V).
    • Area restricted to the shipping with perimeter beacons.
    • SCADA
    • RADAR
    • Cameras
    • Office space
    • Fibre optic connection between land and device.

    Equipment available to support site deployments

    • Resource measurement using an oceanographic buoy and a SCAN-LiDAR system.

    Services of test programmes offered on site

    • Permitting
    • Environmental monitoring
    • Boat-taxi service for accessing the device.
    • Marketing of the power generated.

    Key supply chain companies in the region