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OES releases “Ocean Energy in Islands and Remote Coastal Areas”


OES Press Release
23 July 2020

OES new report shows that islands and other off-grid markets may present opportunities for ocean energy developers to deploy their technologies while providing sustainable energy to local communities

The report ‘Ocean Energy in Islands and Remote Coastal Areas´ outlines the outcomes of three workshops organized by the OES in three different regions of the world, South-East Asia (Singapore), Europe (France) and the Pacific (Hawaii), exploring the opportunities and solutions to address the challenges identified in islands and remote locations.
Significant progress has been made in the last decades resulting in improvements to the reliability and performance of the ocean energy devices and attracting interest and support for further development. The small and remote nature of islands and coastal areas presents a compelling argument for the exploitation of their ocean energy resource potential. The energy systems in these locations face challenges that include security of supply and access to modern, clean, and affordable energy. This report discusses some of the challenges regarding socio-environmental, regulatory, infrastructure, and financial issues.
The Chairman of the OES, Henry Jeffrey, said:Small islands and remote locations have often an abundant ocean energy resource and developing projects in such environments is a significant  opportunity. Although connected to mainland grid, the Orkney islands in the UK hosts the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). EMEC has been successfully testing and deploying ocean energy technology innovations and serving as a platform to raise awareness about the benefits and positive societal  impacts of ocean energy technologies, and this can be replicated in many other island sites around the world.”
The report will be presented in the first of an OES webinar series that will highlight the ocean energy contribution to the blue economy, OES noted.
Yann-Hervé De Roeck of France Energies Marines added: “This report clearly highlights the benefits of ocean energy to facilitate the energy transition as well as sustainable development in small islands and remote coastal areas. Several islands have regulatory frameworks that are supporting the integration of clean energy technologies and, thus, could facilitate the deployment of emerging technologies such as wave, tidal stream or OTEC. Also off-grid markets may present opportunities and synergies with other industries.”
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Notes to editors
Ocean Energy Systems (OES)
Ocean Energy Systems (OES) is also known as the ‘Technology Collaboration Programme on Ocean Energy Systems’ under the International Energy Agency (IEA). It is an intergovernmental collaboration between countries, which operates under a framework established by the International Energy Agency in Paris. Presently, the OES has 24 member countries with a number of other observer countries in the process of joining. The OES connects organisations and individuals working in the ocean energy sector to accelerate the viability, uptake and acceptance of ocean energy systems in an environmentally acceptable manner. The work of the OES covers all forms of energy generation in which sea water forms the motive power through its physical and chemical properties, i.e. wave, tidal range, tidal and ocean currents, ocean thermal energy conversion and salinity gradients.
The OES international co-operation facilitates:
International Energy Agency (IEA)
Established in 1974, the International Energy Agency (IEA) carries out a comprehensive programme of energy co-operation for its 29 member countries and beyond by examining the full spectrum of energy issues and advocating policies that will enhance energy security, economic development, environmental awareness and engagement worldwide.
The Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP)
The TCP supports the work of independent, international groups of experts that enable governments and industries from around the world to lead programmes and projects on a wide range of energy technologies and related issues. The experts in these collaborations work to advance the research, development and commercialisation of energy technologies. The scope and strategy of each collaboration is in keeping with the IEA Shared Goals of energy security, environmental protection and economic growth, as well as engagement worldwide. The Technology Collaboration Programme was created with a belief that the future of energy security and sustainability starts with global collaboration. The programme is made up of 6,000 experts across government, academia, and industry dedicated to advancing common research and the application of specific energy technologies.
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