The powerful waves of the Mediterranean Sea, crashing against the shores near Africa’s largest port, the Port of Tangier Med, have become a natural source of energy to power this colossal facility.
According to a report by the United Arab Emirates newspaper “National,” the Moroccan company “Advanced Age Renewable Energy Company” is pioneering the installation of small devices on floating docks to convert the vertical movements of the waves into clean electricity.
The report highlights that these innovative devices, known as “Wave Beat,” developed by Moroccan hands, are poised to be a part of the kingdom’s ambitious plan to become a leader in green energy on the African continent. It emphasizes Morocco’s transition to clean energy in the coming years, with its current renewable energy production capacity having surged from 1.2 gigawatts in 2000 to 5 gigawatts presently, with expectations to reach 12 gigawatts by 2030.
The same newspaper quoted statements from the Moroccan company, which revealed that “Wave Beat” presents an alternative to current hydroelectric energy exploitation forms, which require offshore locations. This innovative project can utilize existing structures like floating docks.
A significant advantage of this innovative project, as per the aforementioned report, is its cost-effectiveness. It taps into the energy potential of ocean waves, one of the most significant sources of clean energy in today’s era. Moreover, this promising Moroccan project has obtained a patent in 70 countries, including the United States, Japan, and the European Union.
Thanks to the valuable benefits offered by “Wave Beat,” the Port of Tangier Med has embraced the project to meet its energy needs sustainably. Many other ports are also seeking to invest in this Moroccan project.
This project could be a significant opportunity for Morocco to bolster its energy transition ambitions, particularly as Rabat continues to import 90% of its energy needs, mainly from traditional sources. Additionally, “Wave Beat” has the potential to power an entire city with a population of one million, according to the UAE newspaper’s report.