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Title: Maritime Renewable Energy Markets: Power From the Sea

Abstract

Marine renewable energy (MRE) is in the early stages of contributing to the energy portfolios of the United States and many other nations around the world. Although many MRE developers are designing devices that will harvest energy to contribute to the electrical grid from waves, tides, and ocean currents, a number of other promising maritime markets could be supplied with MRE power at sea. These maritime markets are often less price sensitive, have fewer options than utility-scale electricity markets, and can handle some degree of intermittency. Some of the promising maritime markets that could benefit from co-located power generation include ocean observation nodes, underwater recharge of autonomous vehicles, desalination of seawater for remote coastal areas, offshore aquaculture, shoreline protection and electricity generation, providing electricity and freshwater following coastal emergencies, providing power to islanded and isolated communities, powering and cooling nearshore underwater data centers, recharging of electric surface vessels, and personal charging of electronics. Pairing of MRE power generation with these and other maritime markets is in the early stages, but the potential for synergy and growth of MRE coupled to these markets is promising.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Water Technologies Office (EE-4W)
OSTI Identifier:
1505541
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-5000-72340
Journal ID: ISSN 0025-3324
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Marine Technology Society Journal
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 52; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 0025-3324
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
16 TIDAL AND WAVE POWER; marine renewable energy; maritime markets; power at sea

Citation Formats

Copping, Andrea, LiVecchi, Al, Spence, Heather, Gorton, Alicia, Jenne, Scott, Preus, Robert, Gill, Gary, Robichaud, Robi, and Gore, Simon. Maritime Renewable Energy Markets: Power From the Sea. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.4031/MTSJ.52.5.3.
Copping, Andrea, LiVecchi, Al, Spence, Heather, Gorton, Alicia, Jenne, Scott, Preus, Robert, Gill, Gary, Robichaud, Robi, & Gore, Simon. Maritime Renewable Energy Markets: Power From the Sea. United States. doi:10.4031/MTSJ.52.5.3.
Copping, Andrea, LiVecchi, Al, Spence, Heather, Gorton, Alicia, Jenne, Scott, Preus, Robert, Gill, Gary, Robichaud, Robi, and Gore, Simon. Sat . "Maritime Renewable Energy Markets: Power From the Sea". United States. doi:10.4031/MTSJ.52.5.3.
@article{osti_1505541,
title = {Maritime Renewable Energy Markets: Power From the Sea},
author = {Copping, Andrea and LiVecchi, Al and Spence, Heather and Gorton, Alicia and Jenne, Scott and Preus, Robert and Gill, Gary and Robichaud, Robi and Gore, Simon},
abstractNote = {Marine renewable energy (MRE) is in the early stages of contributing to the energy portfolios of the United States and many other nations around the world. Although many MRE developers are designing devices that will harvest energy to contribute to the electrical grid from waves, tides, and ocean currents, a number of other promising maritime markets could be supplied with MRE power at sea. These maritime markets are often less price sensitive, have fewer options than utility-scale electricity markets, and can handle some degree of intermittency. Some of the promising maritime markets that could benefit from co-located power generation include ocean observation nodes, underwater recharge of autonomous vehicles, desalination of seawater for remote coastal areas, offshore aquaculture, shoreline protection and electricity generation, providing electricity and freshwater following coastal emergencies, providing power to islanded and isolated communities, powering and cooling nearshore underwater data centers, recharging of electric surface vessels, and personal charging of electronics. Pairing of MRE power generation with these and other maritime markets is in the early stages, but the potential for synergy and growth of MRE coupled to these markets is promising.},
doi = {10.4031/MTSJ.52.5.3},
journal = {Marine Technology Society Journal},
issn = {0025-3324},
number = 5,
volume = 52,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {9}
}