Marine Renewable Energy
Presently, oil, gas and coal are the most utilised sources in the worldwide production of energy. Over the next few decades, the energy demand is expected to increase dramatically, which could have detrimental effects on our deep sea reserves of hydrocarbons unless we look to other sources of energy.
Under EU targets set during the 2009 EU Renewable Energy Strategy, the UK has a specific target – 15% of overall energy is to be generated from renewables by 2020. For the UK to meet this, electricity generation from renewable sources must increase to 30% during the same time period. As a result, the UK now faces considerable energy challenges. The task falls to government agencies and industry alike to respond by creating mechanisms for policy, regulation and innovation, which will provide long term solutions to resolve any constraints or barriers to investment of renewable energy installations.
The NOC’s science underpins environmental impact assessments for marine renewable energy installations and their energy resource assessment:
- Developing models used to process weather, tide and current data; to make accurate tidal predictions and to understand resource availability
- Creating innovative marine radar and satellite altimetry applications for wave energy resource assessment and investigates impacts of interactions between offshore wind farms and waves
- Developing sensors, instrumentation and sea-going vehicles able to make measurements in new ways or in inaccessible places.
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