I found this one quite interesting, especially since one of the area’s discussed was Tasmania.

Australia’s ocean energy resources could economically supply approximately 10 per cent of the country’s electricity by 2050, equivalent to powering a city the size of Melbourne, the CSIRO has found.

The CSIRO’s new study, Ocean renewable energy: 2015–50, demonstrates the areas that could most benefit from wave energy technology – including Perth, the southern coastline and (to a lesser extent) the east coast of Australia. Tidal technology could supply niche areas such as northeast Tasmania and the Kimberley region in Western Australia.

According to the CSIRO, there are many economic, technological, environmental and societal factors that will determine ocean energy’s place in Australia’s future energy mix, and more demonstration activity and research is required in the sector.

Ocean renewable energy: 2015–50 was a CSIRO-led review by the Wealth from Oceans and Energy Transformed Flagships, and included an analysis of the resource, technologies and future projections by oceanographers, engineers, economists. The study also engaged the ocean energy industry and related sectors.

Co-author of the study, Dr Sam Behrens, today presented the findings during Clean Energy Week 2012 at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Original source Eco Generation

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