The Global Partnership for Ocean Wave Energy Technology
A Sustainable Development Multi-Stakeholder Partnership
Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and Partners
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes multi-stakeholder partnerships as vehicles for mobilizing and sharing knowledge, expertise, technologies and financial resources to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in all countries, particularly developing countries. The Agenda further encourages and promotes effective public, public-private and stakeholder partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.
In the spirit of the 17 interlinked SDGs and targets as a blueprint for achieving a sustainable future, and with a focus on SDGs 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and partner SurfWEC LLC are in discussions with a Caribbean island government and other partners to initiate a new Sustainable Development Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP). Aimed at making a contribution during the coming ‘Decade of Action’ to achieving the SDGs by 2030, the initiative will require diverse sectors and stakeholders to work in an integrated manner by assembling financial resources, knowledge, and expertise. Envisioned as a cross-sector partnership, SF believes that the MSP is especially suited for approaching the complex challenge posed by climate change and interrelated impacts that go beyond the reach of individual stakeholders.
The Global Partnership for Ocean Wave Energy Technology aims to be a leader in the effort to identify the stakeholders, mechanisms, and funding sources required to develop and further deploy the triad of zero-emissions technologies which, if combined, would deliver utility-level electrical power generation to small Island state countries and other coastal communities. While it is accepted that wind, solar, and land-based renewables alone will not achieve that goal, the concept that underpins the partnership, SurfWEC – Surf-making Wave Energy Capture, is an innovation that can be regarded as one leg of an energy triad of wind, wave, and solar power (supported by energy-storage technology) to meet the electric power load demands of a modern energy grid. Deployed off-shore with no anticipated impact on the tourism industry that many island states and coastal communities’ value, SurfWEC is a commercially viable wave energy capture (WEC) technology capable of utility-level electrical power generation from ocean waves. Once captured, that energy can be used to generate electricity for transfer by cable to an on-shore distribution hub for national grids or other land-based or ocean-based energy-intensive applications, but with up to twice the power generation potential of wind power in areas with suitable ocean wave frequency. Achieving this would be transformational.
As a stand-alone technology, or as part of a wave-wind-solar-storage energy solution, should deployment of the SurfWEC system be realized it offers a means by which to begin a meaningful reduction of carbon emissions into the Earth’s atmosphere and:
- Transform the energy supply of small island states (SIDS) and the coastal communities of other countries, including halving the cost per kilowatt-hour in five years in some areas;
- Electrify and substantially decarbonize private and public ground and marine transport systems;
- Diversify the power grid to reduce outages on small island states and at coastal communities struck by hurricane or cyclone;
- Be used as an off-grid, zero-emissions renewable energy source for multiple applications including the desalinization of seawater, the production of industrial hydrogen, and as an alternative source of electricity for various offshore platforms, including oil and gas production;
- Improve ocean health and biodiversity as a reef-like environment; and
- Become a global smart-technology ocean-based climate change data capture and monitoring tool that can also learn over time to become a severe weather early warning system.
In addition, with the cooperation of governments to train local people in the skills needed to support the technology, the new skilled jobs, and marketable energy products that would result offer the potential for the societal challenge envisioned in the 2030 Agenda.
If you wish to know more about the Global Partnership for Ocean Wave Energy Technology and how to become a partner, please download the Global Partnership for Ocean Wave Energy Technology Concept Note – January 2020 or contact Partnership Leader Charles Nouhan at [email protected].
The Global Partnership Team:
Elira Karaja, Ph.D. (Associate at Stakeholder Forum) – Lead Economist, Strategy and Institutional Partnerships [email protected]
Charles Nouhan (Chairman at Stakeholder Forum) – Partnership Leader [email protected]
Michael Raftery, M.E. (CTO, SurfWEC LLC) – Chief Technology Officer for the Partnership [email protected]
Rik F. van Hemmen, P.E. (President, Martin & Ottaway) – Senior Representative to the Partnership [email protected]