Carnegie charts Mauritian renewable energy path

Mauritus RE roadmap workshop (Photo: Carnegie)

Carnegie Clean Energy has delivered a renewable energy roadmap for Mauritius, including a detailed design of a wave energy integrated hybrid power station for the island of Rodrigues.

The 12-month long project, funded by Carnegie and the governments of Australia and Mauritius, produced a renewable energy roadmap that provides a pathway towards higher penetration of renewable energy in Mauritius, beyond the current 2025 target of 35% set by its government.

Carnegie also conducted a detailed assessment of the Mauritian wave energy resource, and identified a preferred site for commercial CETO wave energy technology.

In addition, the Australia-based clean energy developer completed the detailed design of a wave energy integrated hybrid power station for the island of Rodrigues, whose first stage will consist of 2MW of solar photovoltaic generation capacity and a 2MW/0.5MWh battery energy storage system.

Neil de Tisi, Project Operations Manager for Carnegie, said: “Carnegie delivered comprehensive analysis and designs that offer a pathway into how high penetration, reliable and cost effective renewable energy can be achieved in Mauritius. The innovative Rodrigues wave energy integrated hybrid power station design offers replicability for Mauritius and other small island developing states (SIDS).”

Susan Coles, High Commissioner of Australia to Mauritius, said: “Renewable energy, including wave energy, will be a key industry into the future for Mauritius and in Australia, and I hope the Government of Mauritius can now explore opportunities to implement the project recommendations and designs.”

Key consultees for the project included the Mauritius Research Council, Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency, Central Electricity Board, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities, and the Rodrigues Regional Assembly.

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