Cape Verde to host first SINN Power wave energy project
With the signed agreement between SINN Power and Fazenda de Camarão, SINN Power is all set to begin the company’s first commercial wave energy project on Cape Verde.
For hundreds of years, huge waves have crashed onto the long, rocky shores of São Vicente. Still, up to now, electricity for the African island is generated by polluting diesel generators instead of using the immense energy contained in the ocean’s waves.
Now SINN Power has partnered with the local aquaculture company Fazenda de Camarão to begin a commercial demonstration project for wave energy on São Vicente. Within this project, a SINN Power wave energy converter will be installed to supply an organic shrimp farm with 100% renewable energy.
As agreed in the contract between SINN Power and Fazenda de Camarão, the project launches shortly with a detailed feasibility study.
“SINN Power is looking forward to realize the first steps of this feasibility study, as it could open a new chapter of renewable energy supply. If 10% of the energy needs of Cape Verde are covered by our innovative technology, we could reduce the yearly carbon footprint by 37,000 tons.” states CEO of SINN Power, Philipp Sinn.
Over the following months, SINN Power will begin with the measuring of the local wave data. An exact wave profile will be generated and several other analyses will be carried out.
As soon as the production of the sea food is fully established, SINN Power will start to protocol and measure the exact energy needs of the shrimp farm to tailor a perfectly customized off-grid system.
The following step will be to install the SINN Power wave technology. To do so, the engineers will design a location-specific SINN Power wave energy converter array to match the individual energy demand.
Over the next years, SINN Power will design an energy system based on its innovative wave energy technology to supply the sustainable shrimp farm with energy. The SINN Power wave energy converter generates electricity using the power of waves. Backed up by a solar power plant, Fazenda de Camarão will produce organic sea food with 100% renewable energy.
Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany and general manager of Fazenda de Camarão, Carlos Ferreira Santos, defines the project as ground-breaking: “By teaming up with SINN Power, our farm will deliver a product with very low carbon footprint, as part of our holistic approach to sustainability. At the end, we want to become a global role model for quality, sustainability and value.”
The first progress on Cape Verde became visible last year. While the engineers in Germany worked on finalizing the next generation of the patented SINN Power technology, the partners on São Vicente completed the aquaculture structure. The production of the shrimp will be launched promptly.
SINN Power’s project manager Fabian Brandl is enthusiastic: “With the island São Vicente and our local partners we have found the ideal conditions for our first commercial wave energy project. Establishing a flagship project for sustainability will be an important milestone for our technology and will have a positive impact on all of Cabo Verde.”
Cape Verde plans to run 100% on renewable energy by 2025 and is hence offering ideal conditions for wave energy pioneer SINN Power.