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Ocean energy

ocean energy refers to the energy carried by ocean waves, tides, salinity, and ocean temperature differences. The movement of water in the world’s oceans creates a vast store of kinetic energy, or energy in motion. This energy can be harnessed to generate electricity to power homes, transport and industries.

Ocean Energy Forum first workshop

The European Commission is supporting the creation and organisation of an Ocean Energy Forum. This Forum brings together stakeholders in a series of workshops in order to develop a shared understanding of the problems at hand and to collectively devise workable solutions. It will be instrumental in building capacity and critical mass as well as fostering cooperation through the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders. The forum will also explore the synergies with other marine industries, particularly offshore wind, in matters relating to supply chains, grid connection, operations and maintenance, logistics and spatial planning, bringing together people from the industry, the Member States and regions, financers, NGO.

Last update: 01/02/18

Ocean Energy Forum fourth event - open session Bilbao, July 2015

The Ocean Energy Forum was created by the European Commission in 2014. It provides a meeting place for industry, the public sector and NGOs to discuss how to overcome the barriers to the development of the ocean energy sector and help it on the path to full-scale commercialisation.  

Last update: 01/02/18

Study in Support of Impact Assessment Work for Ocean Energy

The ocean energy sector is on the brink of commercial development. Europe is currently in the lead in this emerging industry both in terms of technological capacity and deployment. There are several barriers, however, which could jeopardise the future of this clean energy industry. The EU can intervene to help resolve some of these issues. Depending on the strength of this intervention, the market uptake by 2035 could range from relatively modest (4.3GW) to strong (10.5GW). The study concludes that the economic, social and environmental benefits are maximised under the strong policy intervention scenario, which presupposes the use of robust policy measures supporting renewable energy proliferation.

Last update: 10/09/14