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JAN 2019

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www.sea-technology.com January 2019 | ST 17 Review&Forecast Can Marine Energy Unlock Opportunities For Other Ocean Industries? By Alejandro Moreno Director Water Power Technologies Office U.S. Department of Energy E xpanding demand for ocean-derived food, materials and en- ergy is driving a trans- formation of the marine landscape. The ocean is quickly evolving as an important econom- ic engine around the world. Scientific and technological advanc- es in the ocean waters and the economic ac- tivity they can drive are often collectively referred to as the "blue economy." Ranging from traditional industries such as fisheries, tourism and maritime transport, the blue economy has expanded to include offshore renew- able energy, aquaculture and maritime biotechnology. However, the success of these emerging industries faces developmental challenges that must be addressed. Blue economy industries are dependent on two important components: coastal communities and access to reliable offshore power. Coastal and island communities play a leading role in the proliferation of traditional offshore industries but face limited access to resources and rely heavily on imported fuel and clean water to meet basic needs. The lack of reliable power sources independent of land-based power grids limits maximization of economic opportunities further offshore. The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Water Pow- er Technologies Office (WPTO), https://bit.ly/2zk6HFH, is advancing cutting-edge technology with research and investments to drive U.S. leadership in the emerging marine energy field, including addressing barriers to the continued growth and development of the blue econo- my. Specifically, WPTO is researching new approaches to desalination to ensure water security; onboard ener- gy generation for at-sea instrumentation; reliable remote recharging; and energy storage. Associated solutions would create viable pathways for blue economy in- dustries to thrive, while supporting sustained economic development. These efforts tie into broader DOE inter- agency initiatives, such as the recently announced Water Security Grand Challenge (https://bit.ly/2qWbCrH), in which DOE will partner with the Environmental Protec- tion Agency to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure and affordable water. State-of-the-art Motion & Navigation Solution Navsight Marine Solution Qinertia The Next Generation INS/GNSS Post-processing Software Courtesy of Cadden Making Hydrographers' Tasks Easier www.sbg-systems.com Booth #38 Booth #E4 U.S. HYDRO

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