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The progress of the European Union’s Sea-based Renewable Energy 

Technological advancements in the energy sector continue to facilitate the exploration of offshore renewable energy sources. Currently, there is full potential in utilizing ground-based renewables such as solar and wind. The European Commission plans to develop and harness the power from different renewable energy sources available in large water bodies such as the sea or ocean. The offshore sources under consideration include tidal energy, wind power, and wave energy. Initially, the commission planned to roll-out its energy strategy in October. However, the commission announced the publication’s postponement, saying it aims to develop the plan later this year. The roadmap developed by the public consultation of the European Commission ended on September 24. The closure of the consultation committee outlined the critical intentions for the commission’s objectives in renewable energy. 

The executive members of the European Union plan to utilize the massive potential of sea-based renewable energy development. The executives identified multiple offshore areas for deploying renewable energy that includes the Black Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, and the Mediterranean. The European Union conducts the elections of its executives, including the president, on a six-month basis. Currently, Germany still holds the presidency of the EU. The country pays close attention to technological developments that advance the utilization of offshore wind power. Recent statistics show that wind power projects installed in the sea and oceans are the most significant contributors to sea-based renewable energy sources. In 2019, Berlin disclosed the strategic steps to revive its wind power industry. The plan involves the endorsement, financing, and development of a roadmap for the country’s offshore renewables.

The roadmap facilitates the attainment of the European Commission’s massive scale-up strategy for Europe’s offshore wind. The commission envisions the critical role played by emerging renewable energy technologies such as wave energy and harnessing power from tides. The endorsement of the strategy boosts the morale of utility companies in the ocean energy industry. The energy sector plans to increase the efforts that utilize technologies to enhance the maturity and development of large-scale commercial offshore power plants. Rémi Gruet, the chief director of Ocean Energy Europe, said that the strategy plays a crucial role because it offers an opportunity to move the emerging technologies from trial stages to development and commercialization. 

Gruet’s statement emphasized the wave and tidal energy as the energy technologies currently in the early development stages. Stakeholders and experts in the ocean industry are members of the association—Ocean Energy European advocates for development in renewables, particularly offshore energy potential such as wave and tidal. In conclusion, facilitating the trial ocean energies’ technological development phases presents unlimited opportunities for the entire European energy industry. The chief director of the International Renewable Energy Agency echoed the statement during a public interview in Abu Dhabi. 

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