Renewables

An ocean of energy

Authored by: Sean O’Neill , Carolyn Elefant , Tundi Agardy

Routledge Handbook of Ocean Resources and Management

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415531757
eBook ISBN: 9780203115398
Adobe ISBN: 9781136294822

10.4324/9780203115398.ch19

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Abstract

Some look to the ocean and take in seascapes that calm the mind and soothe the senses, while others see a bounty of living resources and biodiversity. The oceans have supported great societies and civilizations, and have been the setting for innumerable historical events. But more and more, people are looking to the sea for something the land is increasingly unable to provide at the levels we demand: energy. Oceans offer a vast array of energy options, whether conventional sources of oil and gas, renewable energy such as wind, wave and tidal, thermal, or radical new forms of energy such as algal-based biofuels. As energy demands continue to grow and our conventional sources dwindle or become inaccessible, the oceans will be looked to more and more to meet energy needs.

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