marine renewable energy Articles

  • Harnessing marine renewable energy from Poole Harbour: a case study

    Global warming and its impact on our environment, society and economy is one of the fundamental concerns of our time. In response, the UK Government has implemented numerous targets including the 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on 1990 levels by 2050, and the increase of renewable energy to 15% by 2020. In order to contribute towards these targets, the government may seek to harness ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Renewable energy progress report

    What is the Renewable energy progress report and what is its purpose? The Renewable Energy Directive states that a progress report should be issued every two years. The purpose of this progress report is to assess Member States' progress in the promotion and use of renewable energy in line with the 2020 targets. In addition, it contains sections on ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Marine and coastal environment

    Although not always immediately apparent, our wellbeing as humans is affected by the environmental state of our seas, because many aspects of our lives benefit from the goods and services provided by well-functioning marine and coastal ecosystems. These ecosystem services offer a multitude of opportunities to provide an income for people for instance through production of fish and shellfish for ...

  • France launches a major renewable energy investment programme

    The French government launches a major programme to provide €1.35bn of financial support to the renewable sector over the next four years, reports Envido. The French government has launched a major renewable energy investment programme called: «Démonstrateurs et plates-formes technologiques en énergies renouvelables et décarbonées et chimie verte», ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • Marine energy innovation in the UK energy system: financial capital, social capital and interactive learning

    Innovation activity in marine energy (wave and tidal stream) has been catalysed by a series of recent UK policy initiatives. However, the wider UK energy system remains substantially oriented to market competition and efficiency. As a result, tensions have emerged between recent R&D activity (especially interactive and collaborative learning) and its economic and institutional context. Drawing on ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • DOE provides more renewables funding

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on September 16 that it will provide nearly $100 million for renewable energy research, including $16.5 million for biomass energy, $30 million for state energy efficiency projects, and $9.6 million for “transformational” energy research, such as airborne wind turbines and solar photovoltaic (PV) systems with non-mechanical ...

  • Renewable, local power options expand

    It makes no economic sense to run more than one set of wires from electric power generators to homes and businesses. That’s why consumers haven’t had a choice about the source of their electric power – whether it be an investor-owned utility (IOU), municipal utility or electric cooperative. Enabling consumers to choose between competing energy providers is a paradigm shift, and ...


    By Triplepundit

  • Fugro acquires consultancy to boost renewables business

    Fugro Renewables (Wallingford, U.K.) announced that it has acquired ERT, an Edinburgh-based environmental consulting firm, to complement its suite of services provided to developers of offshore wind, wave, and tidal power projects. “From feasibility studies and initial assessments to site surveys and investigations, construction services, and ultimately, decommissioning, Fugro ...

  • Oceans of Energy

    Technologies that harness the energy of moving water or temperature differentials in the oceans promise to deliver abundant carbon-free electricity. Long before humans got hooked on fossil fuels, we learned how to harness the power of water to do work. Rivers ran mills that ground flour, sawed logs or spun looms that transformed fibers into textiles. Later generations realized that moving water ...


    By Ensia

  • Research and development in ocean energy technologies

    The volatile fuel prices for electricity generation, elevated concerns about global warming and energy security has prompted countries to look for alternative energy sources. One of the alternative energy sources is ocean energy. Currently, there is few ocean energy technologies that are commercially available to harness electrical energy from ocean despite the fact that ocean covers more than ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Wind & solar energy and nature conservation

    Climate change and the degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity cannot be solved in isolation. Land and marine ecosystems play a crucial role in the climate system, capturing roughly half of carbon dioxide emissions generated by human activities (UNEP, 2009). Protecting biodiversity preserves ecosystem services that are important for regulating the climate and helping us to adapt to the impacts ...

  • Supporting wave and tidal energy in the UK - an analysis of UK Policy 2000-2009

    In order to stimulate UK based marine energy technology developers, the UK Government launched the Marine Renewables Proving Fund (MRPF) in 2009. This instrument was designed to bridge the gap between early-stage research funding and the recently-criticised Marine Renewables Deployment Fund (MRDF). This paper develops an analysis framework for policy instruments designed to support technology ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Key issues of tidal energy and factors affecting it globally with civil structures

    This paper focus on some of the key challenges to be met in the development of marine energy, it present prototype form to being a widely deployed contributor to future energy supply of the world. Large-scale wave and tidal current prototypes have been demonstrated around the world, but marine renewable energy technology is still 10-15 years behind that of wind energy. However, having started ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • UK energy – time to face some hard truths

    How can the UK meet its future energy needs? Tom Delay, CEO of the Carbon Trust, looks at how we can solve the problem with our energy future. The future of nuclear power in the UK looks well and truly stuck. The whole episode illustrates how high the stakes are at present for our energy future. Last month the new nuclear plant at Hinckley C was granted planning permission but we ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Nuclear power: ecologically sustainable or energy hot potato? A case study

    We are facing the prospect of fossil fuels running out. The magnitude of the hydrocarbon resource gap and lack of alternative energy sources leaves us with few choices. The gap between supply and demand must be met through either increased efficiency or increased nuclear/renewable energy production. With the proposed development of ten nuclear power stations, government appears committed to using ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • UK and Norway unite to set the North Sea as a leading energy hub

    The two governments agree to encourage renewable energy, CCS, oil and gas. The UK and Norway yesterday agreed to increase the levels of co-operation between the two countries as they attempt to re-establish the North Sea as one of the world's leading energy hubs. The two governments recognize the "growing potential for North Sea marine renewable energy projects to bring new investment and green ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • An efficient hybrid wave/photovoltaic scheme for energy supply in remote areas

    This paper presents the efficient utilisation of hybrid photovoltaic/wave energy system for desalination water pumping and supplying the local AC and DC loads. The novel hybrid system comprises eight key parts. The PV array and wave energy permanent magnet linear generator (PMLG) as energy sources, novel AC side modulated power filter compensator (MPFC), AC-DC converter, novel DC side green plug ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental impacts of ocean-energy systems: a life-cycle assessment

    Ocean-energy technologies — which harvest renewable energy from the sea — will have a significant role to play in a future low-carbon society. A recent life-cycle analysis of different ocean-energy devices has found that life-cycle environmental impacts are caused mainly by the materials used in the mooring, foundations and structures. Improving the efficiency and lifespan of the ...

  • A novel FACTS dynamic stabilisation scheme for stand-alone tidal energy conversion systems

    Renewable abundant ocean kinetic energy has become increasingly popular as a consequence of strong ecological viable concerns and economical energy solutions in remote island communities. However, the integration of dispersed renewable tidal energy will pose a greater challenge to the power quality of distribution networks in remote areas due to fluctuation of the tidal stream velocity. The paper ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A novel particle swarm optimisation self-regulating stand-alone wave energy conversion scheme

    The paper presents a novel stabilisation scheme system for a wave energy converter (WEC) using permanent magnet linear generator (PMLG) connected to a six-pulse diode rectifier. The proposed controller of WEC-battery renewable energy system is based on multi-objective particle swarm optimisation (MOPSO) technique. The optimisation algorithm is implemented to control a novel low cost dynamic AC ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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