Calling upon Neptune: Ocean Energies as “Renewables”

  • Roger H. CharlierEmail author
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


In the broad area of ocean engineering, there is one domain wherein technology poses, in at least some of its fields, little or no problem and, even is mostly environment-friendly. And yet, notwithstanding proven technology, implementation is hesitant. The field is harnessing the huge resources of ocean energies. Several studies have been made, and some new ones are in process, but except for one instance, in Korea, no large project is actually in gestation or at an advanced stage; there is, on the other hand, no shortage, of test runs or pilot trials. Yet, no doubt Neptune, or his eponym Poseidon, is ready to make his contribution to efforts to counter climate change and yet provide the energy that is needed.

Ocean sources of energy can and should be put to work; they are non-polluting, and minimally environment impacting. Their extraction is impeded less by technology than by the onerous capital intensiveness (Hilsop 1992; Kristoferson and Bokalders 1991). Some have...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselBelgium

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