ocean energy research Articles

  • 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

  • 2014 JRC Ocean Energy Status Report

    Abstract Oceans and seas have the potential to play a significant role in providing clean energy. Different technologies are currently being developed to ensure a long term contribution of ocean energy to the future energy system. Among the different ocean energy technologies, tidal and wave conversion systems are expected to contribute the most to the European energy system in the short ...

  • Ocean carbon: A dent in the iron hypothesis

    Oceanographers Jim Bishop and Todd Wood of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have measured the fate of carbon particles originating in plankton blooms in the Southern Ocean, using data that deep-diving Carbon Explorer floats collected around the clock for well over a year. Their study reveals that most of the carbon from lush plankton blooms never reaches the ...

  • 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 ...

  • Ocean Thermal Energy conversion and the company bringing it to market: peace for our children

    Two centuries ago, U.S. President John Adams advised us of the importance of observing our world with clear eyes, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes and passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” Though there are some facts we all would rather not face, one of those unpleasant truths is that there are places in the world where the need for ...

  • Ocean science for sustainable development: Facts and figures

    Sarah Grimes explores why we need good ocean monitoring, how to get it, and why it still fails Small Island Developing States. Oceans are a critically important component of the Earth system, supporting ecosystem and human health. They regulate the weather and climate; are essential for producing freshwater; and soak up ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Recovery of uranium and vanadium from brine streams and oceans

    Research and technological developments are being pursued vigorously all over the globe to reduce the cost of desalinated water. One approach can be to retrofit 'value addition' by the recovery of uranium and vanadium from reject brine streams. Bench-scale field trials that have been carried out are presented in this paper. Coupling 'uranium recovery' with desalination plants for partly ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • “We continue to be stunned at how rapidly the ocean is warming.”

    Oceans have been absorbing more of global warming’s heat and energy than would normally be expected, helping to slow rates of warming on land. But how long will that last? Probing a blue abyss can be an abysmal recipe for the blues. For every 10 joules of energy that our greenhouse gas pollution traps here on Earth, about 9 of them end up in an ocean. ...


    By Ensia

  • Ocean Thermal Energy conversion and the company bringing it to market: clean water for our children

    Water is the most life sustaining resource on earth. Essential to all aspects of our human lives, it serves as the key ingredient in food and drink, helps us fabricate clothes, landscapes our favourite places, drives economic growth and feeds agricultural development. Our bodies themselves are 70% water. This liquid of life keeps us hydrated, catalyses crucial chemical reactions within our cells ...

  • A small island in the Indian Ocean offers big lessons on clean power

    The Indonesian island Sumba is working to provide 100% renewable electricity to all 650,000 residents by 2025. As the sun sets on the small Indonesian island of Sumba, Danga Beru Haba begins weaving under the glow of a single incandescent lightbulb, the only one in her home. Although she is tired from working dawn to dusk in the fields surrounding her village of ...


    By Ensia

  • Recent testing, training, and research conducted at Ohmsett - The national oil spill response research & renewable energy test facility

    Abstract Ohmsett, The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility, plays a critical role in developing the most effective response technologies, as well as training first responders with the most realistic training available, enabling a rapid and efficient response to an actual spill. The facility provides a crucial intermediate step between small-scale bench ...


    By OHMSETT

  • Researchers explain how dye-based nanotubes can help harvest light’s energy

    Tiny cylinders help reveal how natural-light-harvesting antennae collect light with exceptional efficiency. Written by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office.You can read the original new in MIT NewsCompanies that make commercial solar cells are happy if they can achieve 20 ...

  • Interviews: Ken Buesseler, Researcher into marine discharges at Fukushima

    We as scientists do have a responsibility and I hope to be able to contribute in some way“ Ken Buesseler, researcher at the Wood Hoods Oceanographic Institute is investigating the radioactivity leaked from the Fukushima nuclear power station, initially from data facilitated by the TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) and then from samples gathered in situ. He believes that official bodies ...

  • New research may solve the problem of plastic wastes

    GLOBE-Net, May 8, 2013* - Plastic - it is an indispensable part of our everyday lives and an almost indestructible part of the garbage that daily ends up in our landfills, incinerators, junk yards, in our rivers or oceans, or in the bellies of fish or animals that form part of our food chain.  Every year, over 260 million tonnes of plastic are produced globally. That is ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Nuclear Medicine and Research Laboratory Environments Contaminants Removed - Case Study

    Customers Include: Abbot Laboratories, Bay Regional Medical Center, Colorado State University, Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Eli Lily, Harvard University, Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, Mayo Foundation, Merck, Oregon State University, Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital, Tripler Hospital, University of California at Berkeley, University of Cincinnati, University of Wisconsin, U.S. ...


    By METIS Scientific

  • 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

  • Climate change and the US energy sector

    As President Obama emphasized in his speech at Georgetown University in June 2013, climate change is happening. It is here, it is now, and as Obama warned, “Our planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on all of humankind.” But what are these effects? The President reels off examples: sea levels in New York harbour increasing by a foot in depth over the past century, ...

  • Need is real for risk assessments of energy infrastructure

    Damage to fixed and floating structures, pipelines, onshore terminals and refineries during the past few hurricane seasons has reinforced the need to develop accurate risk assessments not only to determine overall risks for particular operators but also to identify the components of that risk so that appropriate mitigations can be undertaken. Losses from hurricane damage are not limited to ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • Advanced offshore measurements to support wind energy production, weather forecasting, and emergency response

    Sonoma Technology, Inc. (STI), with support from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, is leading a unique partnership of corporate, government, and university researchers to develop a marine environmental observations program in the Gulf of Mexico. The primary goal of this project is to develop a framework of advanced offshore measurements to support emergency response, oil and gas exploration ...

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