Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 344

New technologies in the ocean energy sector

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 novembre 2018

In Europe a large variety of concepts have been developed for ocean energy conversion, with more than 200 different devices proposed. In Europe a large variety of concepts have been developed for ocean energy conversion, with more than 200 different devices proposed.
While the ocean energy sector is still at an early stage of development, a new report analyses ten future emerging technologies to generate energy from the ocean tides and waves.An integrated systems approach is necessary for their successful commercialisation.It still takes a level of almost science fiction fantasy to imagine that we can use the oceans’ permanent movement to power our cities and houses.Yet, such ideas are on designer desks, going through demonstrations of viability, towards possible commercial success.
Moving to economically viable ocean energy technologies is a huge step towards decarbonisation and the growth of the blue economy in many coastal areas.With only 17 MW compared to 15.8 GW of offshore wind of operating capacity installed in European waters, mostly as demonstration or first-of-a-kind precommercial projects, every technological solution proposed to bridge the gap between R&D stage and the commercialisation of ocean energy devices can be seen for the time being as a future emerging technology.As part of the European Commission’s internal Low Carbon Energy Observatory (LCEO) project, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) is developing an inventory of Future Emerging Technologies relevant to energy supply.30 experts in the ocean energy analysed the needs for the sector, and the type of innovations to bridge the gap with the market.The new report, Future emerging technologies for the ocean energy sector: innovation and game-changers offers policy makers and all other ocean energy stakeholders an array of innovations that can bring ocean energy to the market, but it still needs further R&D, supported by private, national or European funding, and that would help maintain European leadership in this emerging sector.The experts describe state of advancement of each of the technology family, advantages, technological limitations, as well as their technology readiness level.

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