October 31, 2018
Journal Article

Maritime Renewable Energy Markets: Power from the Sea


Marine renewable energy (MRE) is in the early stages of contributing to the energy portfolios of the US and many other nations around the world. Although many MRE developers are designing devices that will harvest energy to contribute to the electrical grid from waves, tides, and ocean currents, a number of other promising maritime markets could be supplied with MRE power at sea. These maritime markets are often less price sensitive than utility-scale electricity markets and can handle some degree of intermittency. Some of the promising maritime markets that could benefit from co-located power generation include ocean observation nodes, underwater recharge of autonomous vehicles, desalination of seawater for remote coastal areas, offshore aquaculture, shoreline protection and electricity generation, providing electricity and freshwater following coastal emergencies, providing power to islanded and isolated communities, powering and cooling nearshore of underwater data centers, recharging of electric surface vessels, and personal charging of electronics. Pairing of MRE power generation with these and other maritime markets is in the early stages, but the potential for synergy and growth of MRE coupled to these markets is promising.

Revised: December 12, 2019 | Published: October 31, 2018


Copping A.E., A. Livecchi, H. Spence, A.M. Gorton, D.S. Jenne, R. Preus, and G.A. Gill, et al. 2018. Maritime Renewable Energy Markets: Power from the Sea. Marine Technology Society Journal 52, no. 5:99-109. PNNL-SA-134407. doi:10.4031/MTSJ.52.5.3