Uninterrupted access to electricity is a prerequisite to economic growth, resilient communities and increasing quality of life. The planet is starting to understand the consequences of using fossil fuel sources. We know we have to change our perspective on energy production and consumption in short order if we are to keep a habitable planet for future generations to come.
At the same time, there remain areas of the world without reliable access to energy, renewable or otherwise. Rolling blackouts and interrupted services are holding back progress in many countries. In Africa, the population now stands over 1 billion with hundreds of millions of those people in countries south of the Sahara having no reliable access to electricity. We have been working closely with our partners in Africa, and other countries, to solve problems like this, powering progress using hydrokinetic, wind and solar power.
HYDROKINETIC POWER GENERATION
We use specially designed hydrokinetic turbines to harness the energy in flowing water more effectively than has been traditionally possible. Quickly deployed, partially or fully submerged in deep or shallow waters, our systems are ideal for supplementing electrical supply and infrastructure at existing dams – or for rural electrification by extending power generation capabilities to remote river areas with no dams.
Traditional hydropower projects require costly infrastructure builds, present social and environmental challenges, and take years to complete. Return on investment for hydro projects that require new dam construction can take decades or more. In contrast, Zoetic’s hydrokinetic solutions can be delivered in a fraction of the time, with quicker Return on Investment and far lower risk.
Zoetic hydrokinetic solutions harness the naturally occurring kinetic energy found within flowing water. Harnessing the potential energy in the flow of water allows for an efficient production of energy. Hydrokinetic installations can also be arranged in sequence to increase output and meet the power needs of larger surrounding communities.
Zoetic is implementing leading-edge efficiency solutions including refrigerants and LEDs. These offer immediate financial and environmental returns and serve as a balance to our efforts to boost energy generation capacity. For example, island nations that rely on imported fossil fuels have high tariffs, so implementing impactful efficiency programs result in immediate costs savings and lessens grid stress. Cooling needs will continue to increase because of climate change and the growing middle class in Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. Innovative solutions on cooling both for comfort and for food storage and transport are essential and anchor Zoetic’s efficiency portfolio.