ENVIRONMENT

The ISO 56002:2019 speaks about sustainability within their guide on Innovation management system bringing the Environment as the core of the Innovation Process. Innovation means no longer productivity and unconscious profit. Now, the environment protection is taking its deserved place in the innovation process.

BP and Shell have net zero carbon targets for 2050, and other major global companies are looking to de-carbonise their businesses such as Nestle, Repsol or Qantas Airlines. The world is transitioning towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.

ES-Wave offers significant advantages on the environmental management, such as:

  • Safe for Wildlife: It is not only benign to birdlife, eliminating the danger of bird strike but it is also a convenient place for a bird to rest after or while fishing or even for breeding. The engine room is enclosed minimizing the risk of sounds to mammals and other species and no risk has been identified for fish.

  • The design has been carefully optimised to minimise the inherent risk of spillage. In the worst case scenario, the quantity released into the sea should be very small and the fluid employed is comparatively benign environmentally, minimising the hazard to marine species.

  • Negligible visual impact on the seascape, facilitating planning consent.

  • Gratings between the ocean and some mobile parts of the ES-Wave minimise the possibility of marine life being crushed by the structure.

  • Scientific Resource: As the ES-Wave is a heavy and large structure oscillating vertically it constitutes a potential laboratory for marine investigation and a proper host to acquire data (wind, solar radiation, etc.)

Planning Consent Maximisation

These environmental benefits eliminate most grounds cited in objections to offshore wind farms. This often vociferous opposition frequently results in planning delays running into years, and to ultimate refusals.

The removal of the main grounds for objection provides 4 major benefits:

    • Greatly reduced legal and PR costs to secure approval

    • A faster approval process

    • Much greater probability of a successful outcome

    • The possibility of approval in locations ruled out for wind farms by excessive space requirements, hazards presented to shipping or aircraft, or the strength of local objection.

Green Storage

Similarly to speaking about Green and Blue Hydrogen, we could speak about Green and Blue Storage because the storage in the form of potential energy is a completely circular cycle that has no impact on the environment and could therefore be considered Green Storage.

On the other hand, batteries are limited by the number of cycles of charging/discharging, use rare metals for their manufacturing and a massive environmental effort needs to be conducted both to create and to dispose of them in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner. This could give battery storage the appellative of Blue Storage.

ES-Wave can help dissipating the adverse impact that the fluctuation curves between Demand and Supply of renewable energy brings to the market, providing a Green Storage.

According to Mecometer, the UK had 93.45 GW of total power installed in 2013. This could result in 818,622 GWh of energy generated if all the power was used 24 hours a day during the 365 days of the year. According to the statistics of the UK Government, the Electricity generated in 2013 (DUKES 5.1.3) was 324,623 GWh. This means that there was 2.52 times more power installed than the requirements for the nation.

In the same report, it says that in 2013, 23,958 GWh came from renewable sources.

The global demand decreased from 324,623 GWh in 2013 to 269,192 GWh in 2019 (that is a 17% fall). However renewable energy generation went from 23,958 GWh in 2013 to 58,934 GWh in 2019 and that represents a 246% increase.

This introduction is to say that not storing electricity implies over sizing the power installed considerably especially considering the ever growing renewable energy market.