Overview of Ocean Renewable Energy Technologies

Roge Bedard, Paul T. Jacobson, Mirko Previsic, Walter Musial, Robert Varley

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Ocean energy is a term used to describe renewable energy derived from the sea, including ocean wave energy, tidal and open-ocean current energy (sometimes called marine hydrokinetic energy), tidal barrages, offshore wind energy, and ocean thermal and salinity gradient energy. Shallow water offshore wind is a commercial echnology (over 1,500 MW capacity installed in Europe). The technologies to convert he other cean energy resources to electricity, including deepwater offshore wind echnology, albeit in their infancies, exist. These technologies are ready for fullscale prototype and early commercialization testing at sea. This paper highlights the technology development status of various energy conversion technologies.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)22-31
Number of pages10
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-500-48850


  • ocean
  • offshore wind
  • wave energy


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