Island markets are typically reliant on a high proportion of electricity generated using imported fossil fuel which is expensive and has a large environmental footprint.
Carnegie has identified islands as an early commercial market for CETO as existing incentives are in place to encourage renewable energy development.
In line with this and following the signing of an MoU with the Mauritian Research Council, Carnegie will be paid $800,000 to deliver initiatives focused on microgrids that incorporate a combination of EMC’s solar and battery storage technology with Carnegie’s wave energy. Work has begun on developing a renewable energy roadmap for Mauritius, the identification of a site for a CETO wave energy project and the design of a microgrid powered desalination plant.
Carnegie is currently in discussions with a number of other islands to build its island project pipeline
In 2016 Carnegie kicked off its Mauritius Wave and Microgrid Design Project to deliver study and design activities for initiatives focused on high penetration renewable energy microgrids that incorporate wave energy.
The project will deliver three outcomes throughout 2016, including:
1. A renewable energy roadmap for Mauritius, including: technical, commercial and financial feasibility of high penetration renewable energy.
2. An assessment of the Mauritian wave energy resource and the identification of a preferred site for a commercial CETO wave energy project.
3. The design of a microgrid powered desalination plant on the Mauritian island of Rodrigues.
Carnegie, in collaboration with Bermudian company Triton Renewable Energy Ltd, and with the technical support of the Ground Electronics Services and Bermuda Weather Service (BAS-Serco Ltd.), undertook the first detailed study of Bermuda’s wave regime to explore the potential for a commercial CETO wave energy project.
Carnegie and Triton propose to develop a commercial scale wave farm providing up to 20MW of electricity generation and desalinated water to Bermuda.