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Ocean Energy in EUROPE
The map shows annual average wave power in kilowatts
per metre of crest width for various European sites.
The western seaboard of Europe offers an enormous
number of potential sites. The most promising sites
are off the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal
There is sufficient energy breaking on the UK shoreline
to power the country three times over. However,
it is not practical to recover all of this energy.
The economically recoverable resource for the UK
alone has been estimated to be 87TWh per year, or
~25% of current UK demand.
Tide amplitude along the northwestern
European Atlantic cost
In order to harness tidal energy efficiently, two
conditions must be fulfilled: the tidal range must
be as great as possible, and there must be a sufficiently
large bay or a sufficiently large estuary in which
the water can be retained at low or high tide.
The map shows the so-called M2 amplitude as an indication
of the tidal range. The only existing tidal power
station in France and several sites studied in the
British Isles are circled in red.
The output of a power station that can be realized
per kilometre of a barrage is a criterion of the
suitability of a site.
The output in megawatts that could be achieved per
kilometre of a barrage is indicated. The higher this
figure, the better the cost-benefit ratio at the given
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Bosnia Herzigowina | Bulgaria | Croatia | Cyprus |
Czech Republic | Denmark | Estonia | Finland | France
| Germany | Greece | Hungary | Iceland | Ireland
| Italy | Latvia | Liechtenstein | Lithuania | Luxembourg
| FYR of Macedonia | Malta | FS of Moldova | Monaco
| Netherlands | Norway | Poland | Portugal | Romania
| Russia | San Marino | Serbia & Montenegro |
Slovakia | Slovenia | Spain
| Sweden | Switzerland | Ukraine | United
Kingdom | Yugoslavia
Related GENI Resources
(European Ocean Energy Association)
Wave Energy Thematic Network