Accelerating and strengthening sustainable research to secure the future of our blue planet
The Earth’s seas and oceans cover more than 70% of its surface. The rapid increase in population worldwide will lead to a shortage of available resources in the foreseeable future unless new sources of energy are established to ensure the long-term survival of humanity.
The seas and oceans can play a key role in this. Renewable marine energies have enormous potential to supply a considerable part of the world’s population with decarbonised electricity, as the population density is highest in coastal regions. Maritime renewable energy can be generated by offshore wind turbines, by wave energy converters or by flow or tidal turbines, with little impact on marine flora and fauna. At the same time, renewable energies from the sea can be the engine of significant economic growth for many maritime regions and thus for society in general.