Ocean Energy Explained

Ocean energy refers to the energy carried by ocean waves, tides, salinity and ocean temperature differences. The movement of water in the world's oceans creates a vast store of kinetic energy, or energy in motion. This energy can be harnessed to generate electricity to power homes, transport and industries. Wave and tidal are the predominant forms of ocean energy in Ireland and can be defined as:

Wave PowerTidal PowerWind Power
Power from surface wavesPower from tidal changes and/or ocean currentsPower from offshore wind

The oceans have a tremendous amount of energy and are close to many if not most concentrated populations. Ocean energy has the potential of providing a substantial amount of new renewable energy around the world. In Ireland the potential for ocean energy development has been outlined in the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan

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