Our vision involves CCell becoming an integral part of smart island development, deployed as part of a holistic environmental solution.
Multiple devices will power local communities, while simultaneously building (or restoring) coral reefs and protecting coastlines from erosion.
Solar intensity is higher during the summer months, with much less power in the winter; conversely wave energy reaches a peak in the winter.
Most islands within the "Small Island Alliance" are committed to becoming 100% renewable by 2030.
Electricity is the backbone of any modern society, but remote coastal locations often struggle because of the high costs of importing fuel to power their generators. Across many islands, electricity is 3-4 times more expensive than the power available in developed countries like the UK or USA.
While solar and wind renewable energy are great resources, their supply is intermittent so they require storage to bridge the gaps. A more resilient and cheaper microgrid is achieved by combining power from multiple system, with wave energy offering a superb base load that can be forecast days in advance.
Global warming is leading to increases in sea-levels with severe storms becoming increasingly frequent. Existing flood defences, including sea-walls, revetments and dykes, are at threat of being breached, with almost all coastal communities and low lying islands now vulnerable.
Coral reefs provide a sustainable solution in coastal protection, resulting in significant reductions in wave heights (over 70%). Additionally, CCell by nature works to extract energy from waves, thereby reducing the shoreward waves, acting in effect, as an offshore breakwater. The combined system provides an effective solution with positive environmental impacts.
By 2030, it is estimated that 47% of the world population will be living under water stress. With this in mind, countries are moving towards reverse osmosis desalination to meet their water requirements, which require between 2.5 and 4kWh of electricity to create 1000 litres.
The sector is growing at 17% per annum, with growth strongest in island communities, especially those within the Pacific, Caribbean and Indian Ocean. Over 80 small scale desalination plants are installed on remote islands this year, with 27% of plants worldwide currently requiring between 10-50kW. This power could be provided by a single CCell unit.
Coral reefs contribute an estimated £108 billion pa to the global economy and provide a habit for 25% of all known marine species.
Given the World Ressources Institute (WRI) over 60% of the world’s coral reefs are under threat, which is projected to reach 92% by 2050. Corals are increasingly being put under stress by high water temperatures, due to Climate Change. The high temperatures result ultimately in a process known as bleaching, which can cause irreparable damage.
BioRock is a proven technique for both repairing existing corals and building new reefs. The technology uses a small electrical current to extract calcium and limestone within the sea water to form rock (often called biological concrete) around steel wire frames placed on the seabed.
The biggest challenge for BioRock is providing the electrical power, especially in areas where the reefs are kilometres from the shore. CCell can address this need easily.
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