Drive for South African marine
The South African National Energy Development Institute has outlined aims to form a marine energy association to promote ocean energy for inclusion in South Africa’s long-term Integrated Resource Plan.
The move was revealed by executive Kevin Nassiep at a seminar organised by Ocean Energy Systems, which South Africa has been a member of since 2010.
The IRP aims to obtain over 40% of South Africa’s electrical energy from renewable sources by 2030.
The Cape Town seminar was attended by 14 other OES member countries and saw each national delegate present updates on activities and achievements in the ocean energy sector, including policies and technology development for wave, tidal and ocean thermal energy conversion.
OES chairman José Luis Villate said: “We are delighted with the progress that is being made by our member countries around the world in increasing both the knowledge and practical application of ocean energy systems”
The meeting was also attended by two observer nations, Indonesia and Costa Rica. Indonesia is second only to Canada in its length of accessible coastline.
Costa Rica, with the deep waters of the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans on each coastline and its proximity to the warmer waters of the tropics, is ideally placed to take advantage of OTEC.
France is meanwhile expected to join the OES when it hosts the next executive committee meeting in Paris in May 2014. It was invited to join in 2008.
Image: South Africa aims to hit 40% renewables generation by 2030 (sxc.hu)