Aquatera supporting marine and river energy in Peru and Colombia
Orkney based energy and environmental consultancy Aquatera Ltd has expanded its renewables activity into two new markets in South America, with contracts to support the development of marine and river energy in Peru and Colombia.
In Peru, Aquatera has received funding from the UK Government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office Prosperity Fund to work with the Peruvian Government and local organisations on a roadmap for the development of marine and run of river energy. The project aims to promote understanding of the potential for river hydrokinetic, tidal and wave energy projects in the different regions of the country and - by combining local knowledge with the UK's world leading expertise - to identify specific and achievable steps that can be taken to promote these developments. Marine and river energy projects could have an important role to play in helping to meet the Peruvian Government's ambitious climate change and energy diversification targets. The Peruvian Ministry of Mining and Energy and The Ministry of Environment are collaborating on the project.In addition, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) will be supporting Aquatera in the development of Peruvian roadmap.
In Colombia, Aquatera and the company's local partner La Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia (UCC), working in collaboration with the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT), have secured funding from the UK's Royal Academy of Engineering Newton Caldas Fund to enhance knowledge exchange between Colombia and UK business and academia. This project will draw on the UK's world-leading expertise in marine and run of river energy to develop a capacity building programme for engineering teaching and research in support of this emerging industry. The team aims to support and promote the development of marine energy research, development, and implementation through a series of capacity building workshops and other activities in Colombia. A visit of Colombian researchers to the UK is also planned.
Aquatera's Project Manager for the studies in Peru and Colombia, Natalia Rojas, said:
"These two projects in Peru and Colombia are a great opportunity for establishing a better understanding of two major markets for technology that the UK, and Orkney in particular, has led the world in developing. The Orkney community has benefited greatly from the development of the wave and tidal industry and we look forward to working with national and local organisations to try and promote developments that have similar benefits in Peru and Colombia.
Director of ICIT Heriot-Watt University, Dr Sandy Kerr said:
"These projects create a fascinating opportunity to see how Scotland's world-leading expertise in hydro kinetic technology can be applied to South American projects. We look forward to welcoming researchers to Orkney with the ultimate goal of helping communities in Peru and Colombia benefit from the development of renewable energy technologies "
Managing Director of Aquatera, Gareth Davies said:
"I am delighted to see our activities in South America expanding across the region. We have had a permanent presence in Chile since 2012, and our marine energy roadmap study there was a springboard to other collaborations with universities, electricity companies, technology developers and local communities. We hope that these exciting new projects in Peru and Colombia will provide a similar platform for future work."
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