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 the sustainable Future We Want, and with a focus on SDGs 6, 7, 8, and 13, 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 identify the correct stakeholders, mechanisms, and funding sources required to develop a zero-emissions technology capable of utility-level electrical power generation from ocean waves. The technology that underpins the partnership is known as SurfWEC – Surf-making Wave Energy Capture. Deployed off-shore and therefore 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 than wind power in areas with suitable ocean wave frequency.
As a stand-alone technology, or as part of a wave-wind-solar-battery storage energy tetrad, 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 other coastal communities, including halving the cost per kilowatt-hour in five years in some areas;
- Become 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 off-shore platforms of all kinds;
- Diversification of the power grid to reduce outages on small island states and at coastal communities struck by hurricane or cyclone;
- Improvement of ocean health and biodiversity as a reef-like environment; and
- A smart-technology ocean-based climate change data capture and monitoring tool that can ‘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 partnership concept note or contact project leader Charles Nouhan at [email protected].
- SIDS Dialogue, July 2019
- SurfWEC website
- SIDS Action Platform
- Barbados: The Goldilocks Approach to Sustainability, a related blog post by Rik van Hemmen