The Portuguese Pilot Zone (ZP) encompasses an area of approximately 320 km2 and it is located near S. Pedro de Moel, between Figueira da Foz and Nazaré.

The Portuguese Pilot Zone is the demarcated maritime space under national sovereignty or jurisdiction in water of depths between 30 and 90 metres.

Its basic aim is to become an open space on the Atlantic coast devoted to the development of energy harnessed from the sea or located at sea, with particular emphasis on wave energy.

The development of the Pilot Zone is divided into the following stages:

Stage 1:  Creation of Testing Zone and Pre-Commercial:

  • Development of the Pilot Zone to receive in pre-commercial and proof of concept stages, generators of electricity (based on wave energy devices).
  • Objective - Power injection in the Distribution Grid, up to 80 MW.

Stages 2: Business

  • Objective - Power Injection in the Transmission Grid, up to 250 MW.