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Distributed Renewable Energies for Off-Grid Communities by Marcia Schlichting, Preben Maegaard, Nasir El Bassam

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Chapter Eleven

Marine Energy

Marine energy or marine power (also sometimes referred to as ocean energy or ocean power) 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.

The term marine energy encompasses both wave power, power from surface waves, and tidal power, obtained from the kinetic energy of large bodies of moving water (Ocean Energy Glossary 2007).

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 ...

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