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OES 2011 Annual ReportThe OES Executive Commitee has today published its 2011 annual report.
The Executive Committee of Ocean Energy Systems (OES) announces the publication of its most recent Annual Report that presents the activities undertaken by OES during 2011. This year’s Annual Report reflects the new face of the Implementing Agreement and the Executive Committee’s new “International Vision for Ocean Energy”, which was published in October 2011.
For the last two years the Executive Committee has been working on a new Strategic Plan to support a 3rd 5-year mandate from the IEA. This mandate was successfully awarded in February 2012 and the Annual Report outlines some of the components of the new Strategic Plan, including status reports about ongoing projects (known as “Annexes”):
Annex I: “Review, Exchange and Dissemination of Information on Ocean Energy Systems”
Annex IV: “Assessment of Environmental Effects and Monitoring Efforts for Ocean Wave, Tidal and Current Energy Systems”
- Annex V: “Exchange and Assessment of Ocean Energy Device Project Information and Experience”.
The Annual Report also presents a new and important activity, the development and
production of a brochure entitled the “International Vision for Ocean Energy”, which has been developed by the Executive Committee over the last two years. The brochure sets out the present status of the ocean energy industry, benefits, cost trends, policies, markets, challenges and opportunities for ocean energy to 2050.
A comprehensive overview of international activities and achievements in ocean energy can be found in the country reports produced by each member country. The year 2011 was marked by the entry of the newest member of OES, the Government of the People’s Republic of China.
Since 2008, the Annual Report has also included a special section dedicated to articles by invited experts addressing a specific theme. This year the chosen theme is “Marine Spatial Planning and Ocean Energy” and four articles are presented. Marine (or Maritime) Spatial Planning (MSP) may become a valuable process to explore and develop ocean-based renewable energy in the context of all ocean space and resources uses.
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