CLIENT: ROMERTOR, SA
Gran Canaria (Spain)
The economic future of the locality of La Aldea and its area is in a fundamental strategic moment in which actions must be undertaken focused on a balanced, ecological and sustainable tourism development with high landscape and environmental quality.
In this context, the proposal was made to re-arrange the La Punta property to convert an agricultural site into a first level hotel complex that is a milepost and engine for the expansion of the tourism development of the locality.
The construction of the Agaete – La Aldea motorway will favour vehicle access to the area and the development of a high quality and low density tourism model integrated into an agricultural and natural area of great environmental value as is the magnificent landscape of the Aldea de San Nicolás de Tolentino valley.
Because of this, the bases of the new tourism model enhance the sustainability of the land, the architecture and the energy. On the one hand, the natural conditions and topography of the land are respected, restoring the landscape values and local plant life. On the other, local materials are re-used for the building and an eco-efficient energy system is experimented with, designed to serve as an example to be adopted in the rest of the island.
The objective of the proposal to develop a resort for active tourism, sport and health must be the implementation of a hotel complex with a capacity for some 1,800 beds (900 rooms) on a property of some 106 ha divided into three types of accommodation – hotel, apartments and villas.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)
To undertake the installation of the “Mario Luis Romero Torrent” prototype on the Plocan test bench within the schedules set by the H2020 SME Instrument “ELISA” and H2020 LC3 “ELICAN” programmes, its treatment as a complete production installation was required as per article 21 of the electrical sector law and Law 21/2013, 9 December, on environmental assessment.
For environmental purposes, the project was submitted to the simplified environmental impact assessment procedure as per Law 21/2013, 9 December, on environmental assessment, in section h of group 4 in annex II, referring to “Installations for producing power in the sea.”
The project involves the installation of a single generator and its connection cable. It develops a new solution based on gravity foundations and includes a self-installable telescopic tower with the turbine, fully installed in a folded configuration on land which is then towed to the Plocan area. It requires no foundation work, filling, dredging or disposal of materials at sea. With a system of protection against scouring, a pioneering system was chosen with bags of unused tyres that will be subjected to environmental tracking and monitoring during the prototype’s operational phase.
There are no environmental limits due to the lack of species subject to some type of protection in the installation area (Canary Islands Natural Spaces System and Natura 2000), nor due to the presence of sensitive or protected species, of historic archaeological heritage value or existing uses (fishing, aquiculture, recreational, etc).
After adopting all the preventive and corrective measures defined in the project, all the impacts in the installation, operation and de-installation phases are negligable or beneficial.