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Posted 2021-09-23 in News

OES releases 6 Interviews on Alternative Markets for Ocean Energy.

The International Energy Agency’s Technology Collaboration programme on Ocean Energy Systems (OES) has today published in-depth interviews with six key players in the ocean energy sector.
Purnima Jalihal, Head of the Energy and Fresh Water Department at NIOT speaks on the success of the three low-temperature thermal desalination (LTTD) plants built in the Kavaratti, Minicoy and Agatti Islands for water desalination, and future prospects.

William Staby, Co-founder and CEO of Resolute Marine in USA, developing a first wave-powered desalination plant in Cape Verde, gives his views on the challenges to prove that wave-powered desalination systems can form the foundation of a profitable, scalable, and sustainable business.

Peng Wei, Deputy Director of the National Ocean Technology Center in China, commenting on the Penghu semi-submersible aquaculture platform, believes that ocean energy can become a viable energy source to promote the development of offshore aquaculture in the future, which has been successfully verified in China.

Marcus Lehmann, Co-Founder and CEO of CalWave Power Technologies in the USA, winner of the Ocean Observing Prize launched by the US Department of Energy, explains the value proposition of its ocean observing platform powered by wave energy.

Gordon Dalton, Senior research fellow at PLOCAN in the Canary Islands, and coordinator of MARIBE and MUSICA European funded projects, responds to whether multiple-use of space or multi-use platforms can have viable economic futures.

Fabrizio Lagasco, from RINA Consulting in Italy, coordinator of the Blue Growth Farm (BGF) European funded project speaks on the challenges and benefits of integration of the different subsystems into one complex infrastructure, with the combination of various offshore energy generation resources.

Commenting on these six interviews, Yann-Hervé De Roeck, Chairman of the IEA-OES said “We see in these examples that ocean energy technologies can be an attractive option for different energy markets within the Blue Economy, which needs to be fully compatible with the energy transition. It is important to consider how appropriate policies in regulation, licensing and financing can support their adoption”

This publication is the second one of a series of interviews on projects and initiatives on prospective market opportunities for ocean energy in several parts of the world.  More information on this topic can be found here.

Previous publications:
  • Blue Economy and its Promising Markets for Ocean Energy
  • Ocean Energy in Islands and Remote Coastal Areas: Opportunities and Challenges
The publication is available here.
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