Powering the Blue Economy: Foundational Research and Development

Andrea Copping, Robert Cavagnaro, Senu Sirnivas, Amanda Morton

Research output: NRELPoster


With increased use of the oceans for transportation, extraction of food, fibre, and minerals, recreation and tourism, and other blue economy industries, there is a need for additional power at sea. In the face of climate change, the increased power must come from renewable sources; often marine energy is the most energy-dense power source available. But we have little experience with adapting wave and tidal devices from large scale grid power to the specialized and small devices needed to power blue economy applications, nor the engineering solutions to support codesign of emerging marine industries. As directed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), two DOE national laboratories have developed foundational research and development projects to replace conventional power or batteries at sea (ocean observation platforms), emerging industry power needs (offshore aquaculture operations), as well as examining common challenges for using marine power (efficient power systems, minimizing interference, optimizing materials and manufacturing).
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
StatePublished - 2024

Publication series

NamePresented at the Pan-American Marine Energy Conference (PAMEC), 22-24 January 2024, Baranquilla, Colombia

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-5700-88538


  • marine energy
  • oceans
  • Powering the Blue Economy
  • tidal energy
  • wave energy


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