Energy and socio-economic benefits from the development of wave energy in Greece

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Abstract

The study quantifies socio-economic benefits by the integration of wave energy in Greece, through resource examination, availability and deployment considerations. Greece has a large number of inhabited islands that mostly utilise conventional fuels for power generation, inclusion of wave energy will contribute both in terms of energy independence but also in job creation. The Greek region is often overlooked, due to its lower resources, but through proper converter selection energy benefits can be significant. Furthermore, milder resources offer opportunities for capital expenditure reductions, hence reducing cost of device and energy.

Scenarios consider technological maturity, legislation, and resource potential to quantify future cumulative installations that can be developed. If a wave energy converter (WEC) is selected properly, accounting for climate variability and persistence, an off-the-shelve WEC can operate at capacity factors starting from 20%. Based on a resource and availability assessment, the learning rates from an incremental approach are more suitable and allow cost reductions. Job creation targets island regions where majority of exploitable resource is located and can provide up to 1400 direct jobs. Adaptation of wave energy by Greece has the potential to offer major technological, energy and employment benefits.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1290-1300
JournalRenewable Energy
Volume132
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Wave energy
  • Learning curves
  • Renewable energy jobs
  • Aegean sea

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