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A review of ocean energy converters, with an Australian focus

CSIRO Energy Technology, PO Box 330, Newcastle 2300, NSW, Australia

Special Issues: Ocean Energy and the Environment

The requirement to move away from carbon based fossil fuels has led to a renewed interest in unconventional energy sources. Of interest in this article are ocean waves and current and tidal flows. This paper reviews the numerous options for ocean energy conversion systems that are currently available. A basic nomenclature for the variety of systems is utilized to classify the devices. A variety of issues including competing use, boating, fishing, commercial shipping and tourism are discussed with respect to impacts on and from ocean renewable energy.
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