Services - 627296-2021

08/12/2021    S238

Spain-Bilbao: Pre-feasibility study and technological demonstration

2021/S 238-627296

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Ente Vasco de la Energía
Town: Bilbao
NUTS code: ES21 País Vasco
Country: Spain
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Other type: Public Entity of Private Law
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: Energy

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Preliminary Market Consultation for the Public Procurement of R+D services for the design, development and demonstration of air turbine technologies for wave energy applications

II.1.2)Main CPV code
73420000 Pre-feasibility study and technological demonstration
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

This notice provides information about the open market consultation. The open market consultation event will be in the form of a questionnaire, which will be published through SPRI portal (, and promoted by means of press releases and social media actions.

It is anticipated that an interactive event such as webinar is organized as part of the market consultation process. Details about this event will be made public in the above indicated project portal.

Queries may be raised during the open market consultation using the email address A “Frequently Asked Questions” section has been added to facilitate the understanding of the procedure, and interested parties are encouraged to carefully read the FAQ section prior to submitting their queries through the portal.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
73430000 Test and evaluation
42110000 Turbines and motors
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: ES21 País Vasco
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

This market consultation process is published to engage with the market in relation to an anticipated future contract opportunity. While it is expected that the results of the market consultation process will inform the final scope of the opportunity, providing a better sense of the market structure, the capabilities of suppliers, and price developments, an anticipated outline is presented in the following lines to provide the baseline information.

The procurement will take the form of an Innovation Procurement under which R&D service contracts will be awarded to a number of R&D providers in parallel in a phased approach. Whether the program will use pre-commercial procurement (PCP) or Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) is still open. The results of market consultation phase are expected to feed this decision, whereas other factors such as legal and IP management will also be considered by the decision-making bodies.

The phased approach will facilitate the benchmarking and comparison of competing alternative solutions. After each phase, intermediate evaluations will be carried out to progressively select the best of the competing solutions. The contractors with the best-value-for-money solutions will be offered a specific contract for the next phase.

Mutriku Wave Power Plant is the first commercial plant in Europe to use wave energy to generate electricity. The wave energy plant is hosted inside the breakwater that protects its harbor, in the Bay of Biscay, with Oscillating Water Column (OWC) being the technology used for the energy conversion. It has 16 turbines with a total capacity of 296 kW, harnessing air compressed by the action of the waves. The plant started operation in 2011 and has achieved the world-leading mark of 2,4GWh cumulative output in October 2021. During this over 10-year operational period, substantial advances have been made in the sector towards understanding of the technical challenges of the air turbines and control systems in the rigorous offshore environment.

With this background, the TurboWave Innovation Procurement program aims to accelerate the development of air turbine technologies matching the wave energy sector needs in general and the specific requirements of the Mutriku Plant in particular.

The main technical challenges to be addressed may be expressed in terms of

- Performance – obtain quantitative evidence (numerical and experimental) of appropriate power conversion capability.

- Controllability – demonstrate that the turbine has the necessary characteristics and elements that enable optimum energy capture and conversion across a broad range of operational states.

- Reliability– demonstrate appropriate levels of availability through reliable prototype operation.

- Maintainability – demonstrate planned or unplanned maintenance, including modification, adjustment, repair or replacement can be done with reasonable means and incurring in minimal system downtime.

- Affordability – demonstrate an attractive technology cost (capital and operational) to feed potential future procurement processes.

The TurboWave PPI program is expected to progress through three R&D phases:

- Phase 1: Concept development.

- Phase 2: Design Refinement and Lab Testing

- Phase 3: Detailed design, manufacture and testing in Mutriku Wave Power Plant

- Phase 4: Procurement of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 turbines

II.2.14)Additional information
II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: