Updated Mar 27, 2019

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Clean Water From Ocean Waves

Wave2O is an unique combination of wave energy and desalination technologies that consists of several WECs deployed at the perimeter of the surf zone (i.e. close to shore) that pressurize seawater which is piped ashore to drive a seawater reverse-osmosis (“SWRO”) desalination system. An important advantage of Wave2OTM is that the brine (saline byproduct of the RO process) is fully diluted befo...
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Wave2O is an unique combination of wave energy and desalination technologies that consists of several WECs deployed at the perimeter of the surf zone (i.e. close to shore) that pressurize seawater which is piped ashore to drive a seawater reverse-osmosis (“SWRO”) desalination system. An important advantage of Wave2OTM is that the brine (saline byproduct of the RO process) is fully diluted before it is returned to sea and thus does not harm the environment. A “standard” 4,000 m3/day Wave2O™ plant (figure 2) can supply 40,000 people at cost lower than $1.5/m3 before profit and cost of financing and displace 5.8 MWh/year of energy that, otherwise, would have been produced by diesel-electric generators (equivalent CO2 emissions reduction of 500 tons/year).
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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

We are currently preparing for our first commercial demonstration in Cape Verde

Focus Areas:

Energy, Climate Change and Resilience and Water Supply/Quality

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Implemented In:

Cape Verde

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Country Implemented In
$10,000,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Over two billion people suffer from the effects of water scarcity and the vast majority of those affected live in coastal areas in developing countries and remote communities. Seawater desalination is an excellent potential solution, but desalination systems require a connection to a strong and reliable electrical grid for their power supply.

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Solution

Wave2O™ harnesses the abundant and consistent energy of ocean waves to directly drive the desalination process. The key technologies that enable Wave2O™ have been validated in a series of tests which have proven that Wave2O™ can be a reliable and cost-effective water production system with utility in multiple places and in multiple uses around the world.

Target Beneficiaries

Because our target customers typically lack sufficient grid capacity and cannot afford the capital or time required to build and deploy grid-connected systems, Resolute Marine has devised a unique solution to this problem - the world’s first wave-driven desalination system (Wave2O™) that can be deployed quickly, operate completely “off-grid” and supply large quantities of clean fresh water at competitive cost.

Mission and Vision

Cape Verde is our launch market because it suffers from severe water scarcity and is dependent upon diesel-electric desalination systems for 85% of its water supply. The average cost of water in Cape Verde is $4.42/m3 - the highest in Africa and among the highest in the world. We have secured a commitment from the local power and water utility, Electra, to purchase a full-scale Wave2O™ plant after trials of a pilot plant have been successfully completed.

Competitive Advantage

Diesel-powered desalination systems are the “direct” competition and the one we will need to effectively displace if our business is to succeed. Although initial installed costs of diesel generators are low, when operating costs for a village-scale diesel powered system in a remote rural location are factored in, water production costs can soar to between $2 to 6/m3. E.g. Cape Verde is dependent upon diesel-driven desalination systems for 85% of its water supply and the average cost of water is ~$4.42/m3 - the highest in Africa and among the highest in the world. Our preliminary studies indicate that a 4,000 m3/day plant can achieve a $1.25/m3 cost before profit and cost of financing. Wind and solar resources can be used for desalination plants however each has drawbacks, in particular, desalination plants require approximately 30 min of startup time to gradually increase membrane pressure, making them very sensitive to the intermittencies specific to wind or solar based generation.

Planned Goals and Milestones

RME is currently developing and/or adapting several other key components and processes in order to advance Wave2O™ to a TRL 6 through lab testing to be completed in 2020. We expect that TRL 7 (pre-commercial testing in real conditions) will be achieved after the technical demonstration in Ocean Conditions at PLOCAN, Spain in 2021, and TRL 8 (commercial testing in real conditions) after its first deployment in Cape Verde, in 2021/22.
Funding Goal9,000,000
New Implemented CountriesChile, Mauritius, Morocco, Indonesia, South Africa

The Team Behind the Innovation

We have assembled a team of experienced business and technical professionals with the core competencies necessary for success. Bill and Olivier, our founders, have expertise in entrepreneurship, general management and technology product development. They have accumulated over 40 years of professional experience and have lived, worked and shared their lives with people in more than eight different developing countries.

Milestone

Mar 2019
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Feb 2016
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as part of
 EIP Water got talents award
Oct 2011
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ORGANIZATIONMassChallenge
Nov 2010
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as part of
 Startup Open
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New Country Implemented In
Cape Verde

Supporting Materials

06-Resolute-Marine-Marketing-Brochure-January-2019.pdf