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Ocean energy

Ocean energy

Ocean energy

What is it?

Tidal current turbine which has been raised for maintenance. Courtesy of European Ocean Energy Association and Marine Current Turbines.

Our seas and oceans offer a vast renewable energy resource, particularly, but not only, along the Atlantic seaboard. Ocean energy technologies are currently being developed to exploit the potential of tides and waves as well as differences in temperature and salinity.

Why EU-level action?

The development of this emerging sector would not only help us to achieve our renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction targets, but it could fuel economic growth through innovation and create new, high-quality jobs.

Ocean energy strategic roadmap

The Ocean Energy Forum, supported by the European Commission, gathered developers, experts and public authorities to identify priority actions for developing  the Ocean Energy sector in Europe. The Strategic Roadmap "Building Ocean Energy for Europe" was delivered to the European Commission in November 2016.

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