Island and remote communities are often either not well served by electrical power distribution networks or not served at all. Grid connection may or may not be available but their sheer remoteness can still lead to reliability of supply issues during the winter months and reliance on costly diesel generators.
Many small island communities are now developing micro-grids with battery back-up, powered largely by renewable forms of electricity such as solar photo-voltaic cells, hydro schemes and wind turbines, to maintain and secure their power supply year round.
Different renewable energy types are often out of phase with each other and a combination of methods can significantly improve baseload coverage.
Where waves are available and power is required, WaveNET can help to form part of a sustainable solution
WaveNET can allow communities to tap into their own local wave resource, giving a dependable, secure supply of electricity. It can also provide a chance to use and develop local skills and infrastructure due to local content in the deployment and maintenance of individual units and mooring systems.
WaveNET arrays also have an extremely low visual impact in comparison to other forms of renewable power which are suitable for use in similar remote locations.
This can keep the impact of renewable electrical generation at a low level and avoid a negative impact on other income sources – such as tourism – in these fragile economies.
Potable Water Production
As a system that converts wave energy to hydraulic flow, WaveNET can also be developed to produce a high pressure seawater flow.
Using reverse osmosis methods this can produce fresh water for island communities where this valuable commodity is in short supply.