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2013 Annual Report

Posted 2014-04-01 in News

Overview of the activities undertaken within the OES in 2013 and and industry vision and strategy on ocean energy

This Annual Report presents an overview of the activities undertaken within the OES in 2013. It includes information about the role and benefits of OES, present membership, a status overview of the OES activities, international collaboration, sponsorship initiatives in which the Executive Committee (ExCo) was involved during the year and key accomplishments during 2013:

  • Second phase of the research project “Assessment of Environmental Effects and Monitoring Efforts for Ocean Wave, Tidal and Current Energy Systems” (3 years project);
  • Research project “The Exchange and Assessment of Ocean Energy Device Project Information and Experience” (3 years project);
  • World Web Gis Database - detailed global information related to ocean energy (implemented in 2013 and public release in early 2014);
  • Communication and outreach activities.

The report presents a contribution by acknowledged industry experts. Five top industrial ocean energy players - Alston, Andritz, DCNS, Iberdrola, Siemens and Voith - were invited to respond to the following questions:

  1. The involvement of their company in ocean energy
  2. About innovation: how much internally developed in the company, how much contracted to external organizations and how much developed in public funded projects
  3. Expectations about worldwide ocean energy development in the next decades and the long term world value of this industry
  4. Main challenges
  5. How international collaboration could accelerate ocean energy growth along the development pathway and, specifically, the role that OES could play in supporting the development of ocean energy.

Their answers reveal to us their vision and strategy regarding ocean energy. 

Finally, a country-by-country information is included in this annual report, with an overview of the ocean energy policy, R&D projects and new developments presented by each of the 21 member countries.

The OES is organised under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA) but is functionally and legally autonomous. Views, findings and
publications of the OES do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the IEA Secretariat or its individual member countries.