Renewable energy is having an increasingly noticeable environmental impact. In 2007 alone, it prevented the atmospheric emission of 17.9 million tonnes of CO2 (5% of the total amount emitted by Spain), 11,132 tonnes of NOx and 33,817 tonnes of S02.
Aside from producing fewer emissions than fossil technologies, wind energy also prevented the need to import 5.4 million tonnes of coal, fuel and natural gas, worth more than €1.2 billion.
The 2010-2012 forecast for Spain suggests that installed wind and solar photovoltaic capacity will substitute 30,000 GWh of power generated by combined cycle plants, 17,500 GWh from coal-powered plants and 2,000 GWh from FuelGas plants.
FCC's energy division has put an ambitious R&D&I development plan in place to become a partner in the Undigen project.
This project focuses on harnessing the wave power, using devices that convert wave energy into electric power. These devices are partially submerged several kilometres off shore and have no visual impact.
The objective of the Undigen project is to help FCC position itself strategically in the wave energy market, and to become a leader in this technology, both at home and abroad.