Puertos del Estado will finance Rover Maritime's NoWaves innovation project in the Port of Valencia.

A full-scale pilot will be designed and executed.

  • A full-scale pilot will be designed and executed.
  • Rover's patented technology to minimise the effects of waves is shortlisted with the third best score in the Ports 4.0 R&D call.
  • Rover is the first construction company to be awarded a project in the commercial phase in this call.

Puertos del Estado, through its call for R&D projects Ports 4.0, has selected the NoWaves project, patented by Rover Maritime, for the financing of the design and construction of a full-scale pilot in the facilities of the Port Authority of Valencia. The NoWaves technology minimises the effects of waves on port docks by constructing concrete caissons with various internal pathways inside them, through which the waves circulate and dissipate (instead of bouncing).

The project, which has had the support of the Port Authority of Valencia as a facilitating agent, has achieved the third best score among the 43 proposals submitted to this call, where Rover is also the first construction company to be awarded a project in the commercial phase.


The NoWaves technology has already been developed and verified in several R&D projects in laboratories of universities and recognised public research centres. Now, in this last phase, a full-scale pilot (around 45 metres long) will be built to test it under real operating conditions. The project also aims to transform classic "passive" port infrastructures into active elements by adding mobile floodgates to the standard construction system of reinforced concrete caissons, which react dynamically to the existing wave conditions of the port at any given moment and manage to dissipate the waves. All this helps to reduce the level of roughness in the harbour basins, thus facilitating loading and unloading operations, as well as keeping the harbour operational for longer in stormy conditions.

In this way, NoWaves will develop the technology that will allow the construction of port infrastructures that are more competitive and safer in their operation, as well as their adaptation to the effects of climate change.

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