There are many ways to harness the renewable and emissions-free energy available from the Earth's oceans. The technologies include wave energy, tidal and current energy, and energy from thermal and salinity gradients. In addition, offshore wind energy and marine (floating) solar arrays offer a possibility to exploit vast resources that are far larger than those available onshore. The potential capacities range from many hundreds of gigawatts to terawatts of generation. These technologies could contribute a significant part of the global electricity demand; they are particularly suitable for providing sustainable power to marine regions and island communities and nations.
This book brings together contributions from international experts with academic and industry backgrounds to provide a systematic overview of ocean energy technologies, their readiness and modelling, as well as installation and grid connection technologies. The chapters have a unified structure to enable comparison.
- Chapter 2: Wave Energy
- Chapter 3: Tidal and Current Energy
- Chapter 4: Thermal and Salinity Gradient Systems
- Chapter 5: Offshore Wind Energy
- Chapter 6: Marine Solar Energy
- Chapter 7: Offshore Support Structure Design
- Chapter 8: Electrical Power Transmission and Grid Integration
- Chapter 9: Offshore Energy Storage
- Chapter 10: Multi-Purpose Platforms
- Chapter 11: Installation, Operation and Maintenance of Offshore Renewables
- Chapter 12: Challenges and Future Research
University of Malta, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Malta.
Tonio Sant is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Malta. His lecturing topics include Fluid Mechanics, Renewable Energy and Maritime Hydrodynamics. He is the author of more than 125 papers published in journals and conferences. His research works focus on the fields of rotor aerodynamics, wind energy and energy storage. Tonio has coordinated a number of research projects in renewable energy, with the latest involving the development of a patented offshore floating energy storage concept FLASC.Domenico P. Coiro Full Professor.
University of Naples 'Federico II', Aerospace Division, Department of Industrial Engineering, Italy.
Domenico P. Coiro is Full Professor at Department of Industrial Engineering, Aerospace Division at University of Naples 'Federico II', Italy. He is author of several patents in the field of renewable energy and more than 100 papers published in international journals and conferences. He has worked in the field of ocean energy since 1998 and has coordinated the design, development, and full-scale prototype deployment and test of devices based on horizontal and on vertical axis hydro turbines. He is the founder and president of the non-profit public/private research consortium SEAPOWER which develops devices for ocean (tidal and wave) and wind energy.