The Basque town of Mutriku, located on the northern coast of Spain, has a rich history deeply connected with the sea. For generations, the sea has served as a means of support for the town’s residents, from fishermen and traders to shipbuilders and whalers. However, the community is now using the sea’s power in a new and innovative way.

In 2010, Mutriku became the first town in the world to have a wave energy power station connected to the grid. The station’s 300-kilowatt capacity, enough to power around 300 households, uses a system of underwater hydraulic pistons that convert wave motion into electricity. This wave energy power station serves as a symbol of Mutriku’s transformation from a traditional fishing village to a town at the forefront of sustainable energy. It also provides clean electricity to the community.

The initiative demonstrates the town’s commitment to preserving the environment while still maintaining a connection to its maritime heritage. The sea will always hold a special place in the hearts of the Mutriku people, but it now also holds the key to their future in terms of energy.