The ocean is a large and relatively untapped renewable energy resource. Powerful ocean waves, tides, and temperature difference between layers of water are known to be able to provide substantial energy to our power hungry world. According to London-based Carbon Trust, wave energy alone can realistically provide over 2000 TWh/year which is approximately 10% of global electricity need. In this talk I will briefly go over underlying concepts of each type of ocean energy resources, and will review the most promising ideas and technologies in each group, with a glimpse at open questions, research potentials and the future of ocean energy.
Mohammad-Reza Alam is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined UC Berkeley in July 2011 after the completion of his PhD (2008, MIT) and serving as a postdoctoral associate and lecturer (2008-2011, MIT). His research is mainly focused on Theoretical Fluid Dynamics, Nonlinear Waves, and Coastal Waves Phenomena. Over the past ten years, he has been in a close contact with the ocean renewable energy industry, including serving as the Chief Technical Officer, technical advisor and consultant for a number of wave energy companies.