marine renewable energy Articles

  • Harnessing marine renewable energy from Poole Harbour: a case study

    Global warming and its impact on our environment, society and economy is one of the fundamental concerns of our time. In response, the UK Government has implemented numerous targets including the 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on 1990 levels by 2050, and the increase of renewable energy to 15% by 2020. In order to contribute towards these targets, the government may seek to harness ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Marine energy innovation in the UK energy system: financial capital, social capital and interactive learning

    Innovation activity in marine energy (wave and tidal stream) has been catalysed by a series of recent UK policy initiatives. However, the wider UK energy system remains substantially oriented to market competition and efficiency. As a result, tensions have emerged between recent R&D activity (especially interactive and collaborative learning) and its economic and institutional context. Drawing on ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • DOE provides more renewables funding

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on September 16 that it will provide nearly $100 million for renewable energy research, including $16.5 million for biomass energy, $30 million for state energy efficiency projects, and $9.6 million for “transformational” energy research, such as airborne wind turbines and solar photovoltaic (PV) systems with non-mechanical ...

  • 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

  • Wind & solar energy and nature conservation

    Climate change and the degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity cannot be solved in isolation. Land and marine ecosystems play a crucial role in the climate system, capturing roughly half of carbon dioxide emissions generated by human activities (UNEP, 2009). Protecting biodiversity preserves ecosystem services that are important for regulating the climate and helping us to adapt to the impacts ...

  • Supporting wave and tidal energy in the UK - an analysis of UK Policy 2000-2009

    In order to stimulate UK based marine energy technology developers, the UK Government launched the Marine Renewables Proving Fund (MRPF) in 2009. This instrument was designed to bridge the gap between early-stage research funding and the recently-criticised Marine Renewables Deployment Fund (MRDF). This paper develops an analysis framework for policy instruments designed to support technology ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Key issues of tidal energy and factors affecting it globally with civil structures

    This paper focus on some of the key challenges to be met in the development of marine energy, it present prototype form to being a widely deployed contributor to future energy supply of the world. Large-scale wave and tidal current prototypes have been demonstrated around the world, but marine renewable energy technology is still 10-15 years behind that of wind energy. However, having started ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • UK and Norway unite to set the North Sea as a leading energy hub

    The two governments agree to encourage renewable energy, CCS, oil and gas. The UK and Norway yesterday agreed to increase the levels of co-operation between the two countries as they attempt to re-establish the North Sea as one of the world's leading energy hubs. The two governments recognize the "growing potential for North Sea marine renewable energy projects to bring new investment and green ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • An efficient hybrid wave/photovoltaic scheme for energy supply in remote areas

    This paper presents the efficient utilisation of hybrid photovoltaic/wave energy system for desalination water pumping and supplying the local AC and DC loads. The novel hybrid system comprises eight key parts. The PV array and wave energy permanent magnet linear generator (PMLG) as energy sources, novel AC side modulated power filter compensator (MPFC), AC-DC converter, novel DC side green plug ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...

  • A novel FACTS dynamic stabilisation scheme for stand-alone tidal energy conversion systems

    Renewable abundant ocean kinetic energy has become increasingly popular as a consequence of strong ecological viable concerns and economical energy solutions in remote island communities. However, the integration of dispersed renewable tidal energy will pose a greater challenge to the power quality of distribution networks in remote areas due to fluctuation of the tidal stream velocity. The paper ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A novel particle swarm optimisation self-regulating stand-alone wave energy conversion scheme

    The paper presents a novel stabilisation scheme system for a wave energy converter (WEC) using permanent magnet linear generator (PMLG) connected to a six-pulse diode rectifier. The proposed controller of WEC-battery renewable energy system is based on multi-objective particle swarm optimisation (MOPSO) technique. The optimisation algorithm is implemented to control a novel low cost dynamic AC ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Simulation-based evaluation of tidal current power output characteristics

    Tidal current is considered to be one of the promising alternative green energy resources. This paper introduces a simulation based methodology to evaluate tidal current power output characteristics, including capacity factor, and power production variability patterns. Power variability analysis is crucial to grid integration systems design. The proposed methodology is applied to the well known ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • EI enters offshore wind arena

    The G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association (G9) was formed in 2012 to provide leadership on health and safety issues in the offshore wind industry. The G9 brings together nine of the world's largest renewable energy developers Centrica, DONG Energy E.ON. RWE Innogy. Scottish Power Renewables. SSE. Statkraft. Statoil and Vattenfall - to form a group that places health and safety at the ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Efficiency beyond pizza money: The military’s gigantic bite

    Is efficiency worth the bother if you save only $5-$10 per month on your energy bill? Many homeowners think not. One dad told us his family would rather save money by just skipping a pizza order once a month. That sentiment is not unusual.   But it is hard to negate the economic value of efficiency if you spend $20 billion per year on energy, as does ...

  • Offshore Wind Development Picking Up Pace

    Wind power is the world’s leading source of renewable electricity, excluding hydropower, with 238,000 megawatts of capacity installed at the start of 2012. Thus far, almost all of this wind power has been tapped on land; worldwide just 4,600 megawatts of offshore wind farms were operating as of mid-2012. Offshore wind capacity is growing quickly, however, expanding nearly six-fold ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Cetane Number and Cetane Index

    This article summarises the findings of an Energy Institute (EI) sponsored Technical Development Project carried out by Cliff Lilley Consultancy, and outlines a review of the suitability of the current cetane index equation used in IP 380 Calculation of Cetane Index of middle distillates by the fourvariable equation (EN ISO 4264) (ASTM D 4737 procedure A**) for calculating Cetane Index (CI), to ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Photovoltaics: Basic Design Principles and Components

    If you are thinking of generating your own electricity, you should consider a photovoltaic (PV) system—a way to generate electricity by using energy from the sun. These systems have several advantages: they are cost-effective alternatives in areas where extending a utility power line is very expensive; they have no moving parts and require little maintenance; and they produce electricity ...

  • Power Of Partnerships In Sports Greening

    Professional and collegiate sports teams, and their leagues, develop vital partnerships to green their venues, operations and supply chain, while engaging fans to adopt sustainable behaviors. An overarching theme of the 2016 Green Sports Alliance Summit, June 28-30 in Houston, Texas, is The Power of Partnerships. “Throughout the program speakers will share how unique partnerships are ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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