The future of ocean energy
Day and night, around the world, the force of the sea can be seen and heard, crashing onto beaches and rocky shores. The endless cycle of waves, tides and currents is driven by wind, the gravitational effects of the moon and, ultimately, the power of the sun. Following decades of research, the ability to tap into this formidable source of energy is finally within our grasp. What it promises is seductive: a vast and dependable supply of clean energy, accessible on shore and yet largely out of sight, helping to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and thus our footprint on planet Earth. Tapping... into the power of waves and tides to generate electricity also promises to create a vibrant new energy sector, offering new high-quality jobs (up to 40 000 by 2035) and economic growth, especially for areas suffering from the decline of traditional maritime industries such as shipbuilding and fisheries.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (European Commission) Themes: Renewable sources of energy
- Subject: new technology, ocean, renewable energy, resources of the sea, sea, soft energy, tidal energy, wave energy