Investment in ocean energy increases 50% in 2021

Public and private investments in ocean energy totalled €70mn in 2021 and tidal energy hit a 'milestone' of 68Gwh

Ocean energy public and private investments totalled €70mn in 2021, a 50% increase on 2020, according to a new Ocean Energy report.

Tidal stream energy saw 2.2MW of installations added last year - and hit a 'milestone' of 68GWh - while wave energy had 681kW capacity added.

Deployments are set to continue at a steady pace in 2022 with 1.4MW of tidal energy slated for Europe and 1MW in the rest of the world, and 2.8MW of wave energy in Europe and 1.1MW outside Europe.

Up to 2.8MW of wave energy capacity is lined up for deployment this year, predominantly from full-scale devices, and most deployments will occur in the UK, Spain and Portugal. Four new fullscale devices, made by Corpower Ocean, Eni SpA, Bombora and Wavepiston, should hit European waters in 2022.

Led by the ‘flagship’ Meygen, EnFAIT and Oosterschelde arrays, along with new deployments, the European tidal stream sector exported close to 8 GWh last year – enough to power around 2,000 households.

Minesto added another tidal kite to its first commercial project in the Faroe Islands. Supported by the local energy utility, this successful deployment and the extension of Minesto’s PPA shows the strong commitment of the Faroe Islands to develop and integrate tidal stream as part of their energy mix.

The O2 installation in Scotland was mainly driven by European funding programmes. Scotland, the Netherlands and the Iberian Peninsula are becoming 'hotspots for wave energy development', with several installations in 2021 and more planned in the coming years. 

Share

Featured Articles

Huawei's Smart Infrastructure Boosts Power Intelligence

David Sun, Huawei’s VP and CEO of its Electric Power Digitalisation BU, discusses how smart infrastructure is accelerating electric power intelligence

Celebrating 10 Years of Energy Digital Magazine

As we mark Energy Digital’s 10th birthday this summer, we reflect on our highlights over the last decade and take a deep dive into some of our best covers

Google's 13% Emissions Rise: Can AI & Data Centres be Green?

Google's latest environmental report highlights a 13% increase in GHG emissions driven by AI and data centre energy use. Is sustainable AI possible?

Huawei Takes the Lead on Electric Power Intelligence

Renewable Energy

How Ampace’s Innovations are Revolutionising Energy Storage

Sustainability

Sustainability LIVE in NYC an Event for Energy Leaders

Sustainability