SURVEYOR'S NOTEBOOK

Global Partnership for Ocean Wave Energy Technology (GPOWET)

By Michael Raftery

The Global Partnership for Ocean Wave Energy Technology (GPOWET) (pronounced “jeep – o – wet”)is a United Nations – Multi-Stakeholder Partnership formed to bring commercially-viable, utility scale ocean wave energy conversion (WEC) technology solutions to humanity. The founding members are Martin & Ottaway Inc. (M&O), SurfWEC LLC, and the Stakeholder Forum (SF). We believe by combining Solar, Wind, and Wave systems, we can bring economic and social stability to global communities. We also believe this approach enables global communities to achieve all 17 of the United Nations – Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by first addressing SDGs 6,7,8,9,11,13,14,and 15 immediately.

The long-term goal of the partnership is to deliver utility level power generation to support resilient societies and economies that can adapt to climate change.

The near-term goal of the founding partners is to bring universities, other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private/public companies with a vested interest in WEC systems, humanitarian organizations, and United Nations member states to the partnership.

We know the major scientific and engineering challenges for commercially-viable, utility scale WEC systems have been solved through research and development of the founding members and their vendor and supplier teams.

The hydrodynamics and physics related to SurfWEC platforms are well understood, and the engineering process has been a classic integration of existing technologies to develop a new technology to solve an engineering challenge.

M&O and SF are well established marine industry and NGO teams respectively. SurfWEC LLC was formed in 2018 to bring WEC solutions to global communities. The SurfWEC system is well-suited for wave climates such as those found in the Caribbean, South Pacific, Mediterranean, and similar mild to moderate annual average wave climates which experience episodic extreme storm events.

The GPOWET mission is to bring commercially-viable WEC systems to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other disadvantaged coastal communities which face challenges such as extremely high energy costs due to the need to transport fossil fuels long distances to power generators and vehicles.

By implementing SurfWEC solutions in the territorial water of SIDS and other coastal communities, the need for fossil fuels will be reduced and eventually eliminated. Most locations are expected to eliminate fossil fuel use through a combination of renewable solar, wind, and wave technologies.

The GPOWET vision is to enable the SIDS and other disadvantaged communities to establish training, manufacturing, and operation and maintenance facilities for SurfWEC systems and export units to other locations in their regions in support of all 17 United Nations – Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Links:

https://martinottaway.com/services/surfwec-llc/

https://martinottaway.com/

https://stakeholderforum.org/