Ocean Energy Systems expects surge in wave and tidal energy activity in 2020

The intergovernmental Technology Collaboration Programme on Ocean Energy Systems (OES) is predicting strong advances in ocean energy in 2020, driven by public and private sector funding.

In its annual report published on 19 November, it highlighted significant international investment including $25mn pledged by the US Department of Energy to support 12 “next-generation” marine energy projects and Wave Energy Scotland committing £7.7mn in two wave energy machines in 2020.

OES chairman Henry Jeffrey from the University of Edinburgh said: “In the last 12 months we have seen major progress with global tidal projects achieving extensive operating hours and wave technology progressing in large-scale laboratory and offshore test sites. A growing range of devices is now being tested in open water with an acceleration of cross-border R&D projects supported by the European Commission.”

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