Ocean Energy Received Renewable Energy Status

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The Ocean Energy has now been assigned Renewable Energy status by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) . Hereafter energy produced using various forms of ocean energy such as tidal, wave and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) will be considered as Renewable Energy.

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  • India does not have any installed ocean energy capacity and therefore the Ocean energy at present is under-utilized.
  • Few technologies such as wave, tidal, current energy and ocean thermal energy have exploited Ocean energy to a great extent.
  • The potential locations are identified to be at Khambat and Kutch regions of Gujarat.
  • The total potential of wave energy in India along the country՚s coast has been estimated to be about 40,000 MW.
  • The theoretical potential of OTEC is 180,000 MW, being mostly subjected to suitable technological evolution.
  • Moreover Kutch and Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat on west coast of the country also show potential for tidal energy production.


  • Two types of energy can be produced by the ocean namely thermal energy from the sun՚s heat, and mechanical energy from the tides and waves.
  • The thermal energy is created by the heat from the Sun which tends to warm the surface of ocean more than the deep ocean water.
  • Among the various applications of Ocean thermal energy, electricity generation is the most important one.
  • The closed-cycle, open-cycle, and hybrid are the three types of electricity conversion systems. To vaporize a working fluid with low boiling point such as ammonia, Closed-cycle systems use the ocean՚s warm surface water.
  • The Open-cycle systems at low temperatures boil the seawater.
  • The hybrid systems are a combination of both closed-cycle and open-cycle systems.
  • The sun affects all ocean activity, tides are driven primarily by the gravitational pull of the moon. The waves are driven primarily by the winds.
  • The electricity conversion of both tidal and wave energy usually involves mechanical devices dissimilar to that of the thermal energy.

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