Ocean Energy Systems (OES), which operates under a framework established by the International Energy Agency (IEA), released its 2020 annual report on Monday, 8 March 2021. The report shows that ocean energy is successfully being deployed all over the world, thus confirming its potential role in decarbonization.
Cumulative global wave and tidal stream capacity has more than doubled since 2017, reaching about 65 MW in 2020. Policies are encouraging the development of these energies around the world from Australia, through Asia and Europe to North America. This is the main conclusion of the IEA-OES 2020 report.
Focusing on all forms of energy generation in which sea water forms the motive power through its physical and chemical properties (i.e. wave, tidal range, tidal and ocean currents, ocean thermal energy conversion and salinity gradients), the OES strives to strengthen international collaboration around ocean energies to meet the challenges faced by the sector. As an intergovernmental programme involving 24 member countries, OES provides independent and collegial expertise on many key issues.
Since 1st January 2021, France Energies Marines holds the presidency of the program, and as such represents the group of experts at international meetings. The Institute also leads a French mirror group which allows a better dissemination of the work and facilitates the feedback of information that it is desirable to share at the international level, ensuring the publicity of the French sector and its progress. France Energies Marines also participates in the steering of several sub-groups, including the one aimed at identifying jobs created by ocean energies internationally.