Written by Erasmus Solomon |
The first phase of power generation using energy from the sea waves in the country will begin next Wednesday. The initial generation will be 14 megawatts of power that will increase gradually until it reaches the intended 1,000MW by December this year.
Installation works on the six-power generation converters at the Ada Estuary in the Greater Accra Region have since been completed and will be dipped in the sea by tomorrow, Friday.
The power generated from the plant will cost less compared to Ghana’s current power sources which include hydro and thermal energy.
In an interview with the Daily Graphic, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TC Energy (the company undertaking the project), Mr Anthony Opoku, said the power was expected to be generated in March but as a result of some challenges, that could not materialise.
Explaining how power would be generated, he said the six-power generation converters would be placed under the sea at the Ada Estuary, where the tidal wave was very high. The pressure emanating from the waves would then be used to generate the power.
According to the chief executive, the wave-powered project would produce 14,400 kilowatt an hour per day. He said the power would then be transferred to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for onward distribution to the pubic at a cheaper rate. He said Ghana was the first African country to spearhead the generation of power from the sea.
Mr Opoku noted that since the project was an innovation in the country, they did not receive much support and that it was mainly financed on equity.
He explained that he was inspired to establish the company following the recurrent energy crisis in the country.
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