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Opportunities for Ocean Energy to Power Aquaculture (OPIN Webinar)

Opportunities for Ocean Energy to Power Aquaculture (OPIN Webinar)

27 May 2021
Venue: Webinar

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Niche markets such as aquaculture, island communities and salinity plants are often proposed as potential opportunities for ocean energy technologies to power. Such niche markets provide opportunities to consider off the grid solutions for emerging technologies to supply low levels of consistent power supply in remote locations.

Aquaculture in particular is seen as a significant opportunity for ocean energy as many operations are currently powered by diesel generation. There are a number of potential synergistic opportunities for co-location of aquaculture and ocean energy devices: for instance, wave farms could provide shelter in their lee to an offshore aquaculture facility, and aquaculture sites could provide suitable opportunities for technologies to test and demonstrate at smaller scales. However, there are some challenges to consider, such as the ideal environment for offshore aquaculture may not always present the best resource for a marine energy conversion system and this may pose a significant challenge for some ORE technologies.

The proposal for this workshop is to identify the opportunities and challenges that may lie in targeting the aquaculture sector as a key market for ocean energy technologies. Contributors to the workshop will include speakers from projects who have explored opportunities to combine renewable technologies and aquaculture as well as national funders and enterprise agencies who support this work and collaboration.