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Ocean Energy

The aim of the Ocean Energy steering group is to stimulate research and education in ocean energy application at Delft University of Technology. The steering group develops a joint research agenda, actively pursues funding opportunities, stimulates internal knowledge exchange, and takes care of external communication about ocean energy at Delft University.

Ocean Power
The oceans cover 71% of the earth’s surface and approximately 3 billion people live within 200 km of the coast. Ocean Energy offers vast potential for the delivery of power, drinking water and other products to coastal markets. The International Energy Agency envisions Ocean Energy will have an installed capacity of 750 GW by 2050.

Wave, tidal, current, ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), salinity gradient and aquatic biomass
Several forms of Ocean Energy exist in which seawater forms the motive power, through its physical and chemical properties. The different resources are wave, tidal, current, ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), salinity gradient and aquatic biomass. Utilization of these resources will contribute to the world’s future sustainable energy supply.

Challenges of implementation
To enable large scale Ocean Energy implementation, some challenges have to be addressed related to a reliable and economic use of the resources in a politically, socially & environmentally acceptable manner. These challenges are of interest to the TU Delft, renowned in offshore and energy research.

TU Delft: Ocean Energy Platform
TU Delft is active in Ocean Energy research and willing to collaborate with academic and industry partners to stimulate its development. Last, TU Delft provides Ocean Energy education. For more information, please have a look at the subpages.

Wave Energy

Tidal/Current Energy

Thermal Gradient (OTEC)

Aquatic Biomass

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