Recent progress in offshore renewable energy technology development


International treaties related to climate control have triggered a resurgence in development of renewable ocean energy technologies. Several demonstration projects in tidal power are scheduled to capture the tidal-generated coastal currents. Commercial-scale wave power stations exist and are delivering power to national grids. Offshore wind farms are delivering energy to shore. As government policies shift towards inclusion of renewable sources, the nearshore ocean resources have tremendous potential. Worldwide investments in renewable energy technologies reveals that offshore wind energy is the fastest growing sectors. Strong growth in offshore wind power installations is anticipated over the next decade. In 2000, development of systems to capture wave energy reached a milestone with the commissioning of the first commercial-scale power facility in Scotland. Technical capabilities, both engineering and management, exist in the offshore sector to undertake the size of projects envisioned. Harnessing the untapped potential of ocean energy has commenced.