Wave energy – Bermuda
Fresh on the heels of COP26, Bermuda is leading in the energy transition by inaugurating the third vertical of renewable energy: blue ocean power.
On 22 November in Hamilton, Bermuda, Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs Hon. Walter Roban JP, MP, announced an agreement to move forward on the development of what promises to be the world’s first utility-scale commercial ocean wave power park. With a 40MW capacity, the park will fuel the island’s grid, providing roughly 10% of Bermuda’s energy needs.
“We appreciate the support of Swedish wave energy company Seabased and the vision of Wendall Brown and the team to see Bermuda as an opportunity for this wonderful technology,” Minister Roban said. “We are the first jurisdiction in this region–North America, South America, and the Caribbean—to have the opportunity to deploy this technology. This is significant in that out of the COP26 events and the obvious commitment globally to begin to move away from fossil fuels, we have the opportunity to show that we are serious about this transition. We are making a sincere effort, as a small island jurisdiction, to adapt.”
The park will be built at a leased area located few kilometres offshore from Bermuda’s airport on St. George’s Island.