The oceans cover 71% of the earth’s surface and approximately 3 billion people live within 200 km off the coast. Ocean Energy has vast potential for the delivery of power, drinking water, and other products to coastal markets. The International Energy Agency envisions Ocean Energy will have an installed capacity of 750 GW by 2050.
TU Delft Ocean Energy Platform
As the interest in ocean energies is continuously growing, the Delft Energy Initiative (DEI) founded the TU Delft Ocean Energy Platform, with the aim to bring together TU Delft researchers to share their knowledge and learn from others working on this topic. There are various types of ocean energy technologies that can exploit the potential contained in our seas, such as tidal energy, wave energy, ocean thermal energy conversion, aquatic biomass and salinity gradient energy, were presented at the Ocean Energy Platform (OEP)
These were followed by an intense discussions between all participants who are working in this field or are intending to do so in the future. Following the enthusiastic and successful meeting, the steering board of the TU Delft Ocean Energy Platform decided to utilise the expertise found at the University, promoting and developing the research activities within the energy community, at TU Delft and beyond.
The aim of the platform is to stimulate research and education in ocean energies at Delft University of Technology. The steering group develops a joint research agenda, pursues funding opportunities, stimulates internal knowledge exchange, and takes care of external communication about ocean energy at Delft University.