Ocean Energy the Resource

Resource Waves

OES (formerly IEA-OES)

The Ocean Energy Systems Implementing Agreement (OES) is an intergovernmental collaboration between countries, which operates under framework established by the International Energy Agency in Paris.

OES has produced several important reports on ocean energy. Web-link here:


One particular useful report regarding wave energy resource is: Annex II Task 1.1, Generic and Site-related Wave Energy Data 2010. This report proposes wave data to be used as reference data for preliminary evaluation and economic assessment of wave energy converters. Locations are chosen in:

  1. North-eastern North Atlantic, Norwegian Sea, Haltenbanken, Norway, 42 kW/m

  2. Fetch limited conditions as in the North Sea, AUK, 20 kW/m

  3. North-eastern Central Atlantic conditions Belmullet, Ireland, 72 kW/m

  4. South Atlantic conditions illustrated by Lisboa, PT, 37 kW/m

Web-link to this report here:




Global Energy Network Institute is a non-profit research and education organization founded in 1991. Based on the thinking of Buckminster Fuller. Their focus is electrical interconnection of power grids between regions and continents with an emphasis on tapping local and remote renewable energy resources. GENI has collected a quite extensive library of information and web-links in their website regarding renewable energy resources. GENI Renewable Energy Resource Maps:



Other web-links on renewable ocean energy, in alphabetical order:


Australia's Wave Energy Resources. An article in Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy – JRSE by American Institute of Physics – AIP.




Canadian Renewable Marine Energy Resources. National Research Council Canada have a focus on Marine Energy Resources.




FugroOCEANOR has possibly the largest most accurate wave and wind database available i.e. World Wave Atlas (WWA). This is however commercial services.




Ireland's wave and tidal energy resource, by SEAI - Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.



Ireland's wave energy resource, by irelands Marine Institute.




Statistical Database of winds and waves around Japan, by NMRI – National Maritime Research Institute.



New Zealand

A Mean Spectral Wave Energy (kw/m) By wave energy consortium Wave Energy Technology- New Zealand.




By The Scottish Government about its wind, waves and tidal energy resources; Academic Study: Matching Renewable Electricity Generation with Demand: Full Report'




Electric Power Research Institute, Inc EPRI. Report: Mapping and Assessment of the United States Ocean Wave Energy Resource. Date Published: 12/1/2011



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