Aquatera delivers aquatic energy roadmap to Peru
The year-long study examined the potential energy markets and generation areas for wave, tidal, floating wind, floating solar and river hydrokinetic technologies. The work covered each administrative region of Peru from the Amazon, the high Andes and along the Pacific coast giving region by region analysis as well as a national synopsis of possible future energy generation scenarios.
Funded by the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office Prosperity Fund, Aquatera has worked closely with the Peruvian Ministry of Mining and Energy and The Ministry of Environment to ensure that the full situation regarding energy markets, available resources and technology deployment opportunities appropriate to Peru were considered.
Aquatera also drew on the UK’s world leading expertise in aquatic energy with its own in house experts leading a team that included the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT). Local experts from the University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) in Lima and other local specialists also worked alongside the Aquatera team.
The report sets out a region by region roadmap of how to take advantage of the opportunities presented by Aquatic technologies. It also provides recommendations around resource characterisation, the regulatory framework and R&D needs, as well as relating to supply chain and infrastructure requirements. The report also outlines the steps that government, industry and the R&D community could take to enable and support the development of aquatic renewable energy projects.
For each of the four aquatic renewable energies considered, assessments of resource potential, technical conditions, enabling infrastructure and market availability/value were undertaken for each region in Peru. The results show that the greatest resource areas are to be found at sea in the Pacific North and Central regions and in inland lakes and reservoirs in the Atlantic North and Titicaca regions. The exploitable resource areas identified in the Pacific South, Atlantic Central and Atlantic South are still significant but noticeably lower.
Three development scenarios for aquatic renewables have been implemented by the year 2037, thus there is a low capacity scenario, a medium capacity scenario (basic case) and a high capacity scenario.
A summary of the report – “Promoting aquatic renewable energy to increase energy diversity in Peru” - can be downloaded on the following website:
Gareth Davies, Managing Director of Aquatera, said:
‘Aquatera is delighted to have successfully delivered this exciting and important study for UK government and for Peru. The challenges faced by countries such as Peru to meet the agreed climate change targets are immense. This study has shown, for the first time, the critical contribution that aquatic energy can make to Peru's future energy mix. Furthermore, the detailed regional analysis that this study provides, starts to highlight how and where this potential lies and could be developed’.
Natalia Rojas, Project Manager for the study said:
‘We would like to thank all of the people in Peru that have helped us to complete this study successfully. Wherever we have travelled and whoever we have met they have been overwhelming helpful and this has contributed to the success of this ground breaking study. We look forward to a growing momentum in the adoption of aquatic energy solutions in Peru which can clearly make a major contribution to Peru achieving its climate change abatement goals’.
Natalia Rojas, Consultant (South American Liaison), Aquatera
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Established in 2000, Aquatera has established a global reputation as one of the leading consultancies in aquatic energy sectors. Being headquartered in the Orkney Islands, Scotland where they already produce 120% of their electricity from renewables the company has been at the forefront of the growing revolution in energy systems for nearly two decades. Aquatera has used this extensive experience of energy developments particularly in wave, wind and tidal energy and grid planning in the UK to help other countries adopt progressive renewable energy strategies. The UK Governments Prosperity Fund has been a key enabling mechanism with similar projects to this one in Peru being completed successfully in Chile and Indonesia. Other funding mechanisms have allowed Aquatera to complete strategic planning work in a number of UK regions as well as in Taiwan, west coast USA, and the company has complied the world’s largest database of tidal energy resources covering 11,000 locations globally.
Established in 2003, EMEC is the world’s leading facility for testing wave and tidal energy converters in real sea conditions. The centre offers independent, accredited grid-connected test berths for full-scale prototypes, as well as test sites in less challenging conditions for use by smaller scale technologies, supply chain companies, and equipment manufacturers.
Heriot Watt University’s Orkney Campus houses the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) which is recognised internationally for its teaching and research related to sustainable development of rural and island communities. The institute delivers four masters programmes in Orkney and through distance learning and has a range of activities research collaborations related to renewable energy development
UTEC is backed by the commitment of its founding members and Board, a group of entrepreneurs who have achieved great success in the most important industries in Peru. The Board’s commitment to education, innovation, research, and economic development supports the design of a first-rate educational model, aimed at meeting the needs of the labour market and addressing the various problems of the 21st century. Each component of UTEC’s offer (undergraduate programs, professional and continuing education, UTEC Ventures, and applied research services) is designed in line with the trends and demands that globalization poses to modern engineering.