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Perspectives on a way forward for ocean renewable energy in Australia


Hemer, MA and Manasseh, R and McInnes, KL and Penesis, I and Pitman, T, Perspectives on a way forward for ocean renewable energy in Australia, Renewable Energy, 127 pp. 733-745. ISSN 0960-1481 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.renene.2018.05.036


Australia has considerable wave and tidal ocean energy resources. Development of the emerging ocean renewable energy (ORE) industry in Australia offers opportunities to build Australia's blue economy, while actively contributing to committed carbon mitigation measures. Many interdisciplinary challenges are currently hampering development of the industry in Australia, and globally, including technology, cost reduction, policy and regulations, potential for environmental effects, awareness and investment, amongst others. In October 2016, ORE technology and project developers, researchers, academics, policy makers and other stakeholders in Australia's emerging ORE industry came together to identify these challenges and develop possible pathways to grow ocean energy in Australia. Four themes were identified: Technology Development; Education and Awareness; Policy and Regulation; and Finance and Investment. This paper documents the outcomes of the meeting identifying challenges and a way forward against each theme. A key element identified across all themes was the need for stronger coordination across the sector, and the need for a representing body to lead necessary initiatives to support growth and management of the ORE industry in Australia, as one element of a burgeoning blue economy.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Ocean renewable energy, Marine renewable energy, Wave energy, Tidal energy, Blue economy, Australia
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Electrical engineering
Research Field:Electrical energy generation (incl. renewables, excl. photovoltaics)
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Tidal energy
UTAS Author:Penesis, I (Professor Irene Penesis)
ID Code:131481
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:30
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2019-03-19
Last Modified:2019-04-10
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