Europe’s oceans contain a large amount of untapped renewable energy, from huge wind energy to wave energy and floating solar power. We need to use these important resources and produce renewable energy on an unprecedented scale. From the Black Sea in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the south and the Baltic Sea in the north, the potential is huge.
From a technical and political point of view, this step is challenging. It is necessary to develop a large number of wind farms, floating wind turbines and distribute large amounts of renewable energy to European consumers. The
member states must plan and commission power lines together to ensure the effective use of these resources. They need to do this at a speed that was unpredictable before.
“Therefore, it is vital that the marine energy market is suitable and ready to be the engine that promotes the deployment of marine energy.
This goal is achievable, but we must have foresight. The establishment of an “energy island” in the ocean is the Danish government’s response to this challenge. The
Energy Island will serve as a hub for offshore power plants and various offshore energy technologies, collecting and distributing green electricity for consumers in Europe. What’s great about the
Energy Island concept is that it is scalable, which means more production can be connected offshore over time and new power lines can be connected. This creates the vision and flexibility we need to achieve the climate targets set out in EU climate legislation.
The European Commission presented its proposed marine energy strategy in November 2020, with a target of at least 60 GW of marine energy by 2030 and at least 340 GW by 2050. This will be a significant increase from the 12 gigawatts of wind energy Currently deployed
Aug 16 Energy and Climate
Marine Energy: We Need a Strategy to Fill the Sails of Marine Power Generation
by Morten Helveg Petersen
Goals are ambitious and broad Acknowledged. However, I think we may be more ambitious in 2030 to increase offshore wind power. Reaching 340 GW by
by 2050 means that we should have taken an important step before 2030. Therefore, it is essential to be suitable for the marine energy market and is ready to become an engine for accelerating the deployment of marine energy.
This will require fair sharing of benefits and effective price signals.
With the help of offshore strategies, the European Union is developing a common framework for offshore energy development and tools to achieve its goals.
“Member states must work together to plan and place power lines that can guarantee the efficient use of these resources”.
However, I believe that the European Parliament and the member states should also be able to understand whether we are following our objectives. Therefore, the committee should establish a simple monitoring mechanism to report to the parliament and the national government every two years if we are on the right track to achieve the relevant objectives.
Driving on any motorway in Europe, you will see high voltage power lines along the road. Just as roads in Europe are interconnected, a complex electrical network made up of overhead and underground power lines connects Europe.
As important as the deployment of wind turbines in European waters, we need to deliver green energy to the end-user infrastructure. Indeed, preparing the electrical infrastructure onshore and offshore to promote green transformation should be the top priority.
Unfortunately, we have not seen all Member States prioritize cross-border power lines. Although they are essential to create flexible electricity flows, this will benefit all citizens with cheap and green energy.
It is essential to link the production of renewable energy at sea to consumption in Europe. Now we should plan to receive power offshore and distribute it to power ports in other parts of Europe. This will also require member states to fulfill their commitments to achieve the EU’s 15% energy production interconnection target.
Offshore wind power is already an important resource and has proven to be commercially viable. We can go further in terms of energy islands and the massive increase in offshore energy production, which will be met by the different needs of member states. Therefore, as part of the strategy, we need to further support the research and development of
, as well as the expansion and commercialization of offshore energy. The synergy between hydrogen energy and offshore renewable energy also needs to be further explored. Renewable energy has considerable potential to decarbonize heavy transport, ships, and air transport. With islands of energy, the prospect of combining them with hydrogen production becomes more feasible.
If we seize this opportunity, Europe has a clear prospect of becoming a leader in marine energy, not only by providing cheap green energy to European households, but also opening a new chapter in the industrial adventure.

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