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Marine Renewable Energy in the Mediterranean Sea: Status and Perspectives

Takvor H. Soukissian (), Dimitra Denaxa (), Flora Karathanasi (), Aristides Prospathopoulos (), Konstantinos Sarantakos (), Athanasia Iona (), Konstantinos Georgantas () and Spyridon Mavrakos ()
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Takvor H. Soukissian: Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Center for Marine Research, 19013 Anavyssos, Greece
Dimitra Denaxa: Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Center for Marine Research, 19013 Anavyssos, Greece
Flora Karathanasi: Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Center for Marine Research, 19013 Anavyssos, Greece
Aristides Prospathopoulos: Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Center for Marine Research, 19013 Anavyssos, Greece
Konstantinos Sarantakos: Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Center for Marine Research, 19013 Anavyssos, Greece
Athanasia Iona: Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Center for Marine Research, 19013 Anavyssos, Greece
Konstantinos Georgantas: Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Center for Marine Research, 19013 Anavyssos, Greece
Spyridon Mavrakos: Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Zografos, 15780 Athens, Greece

Energies, 2017, vol. 10, issue 10, 1-56

Abstract: In this work, an extended overview of the marine renewable energy in the Mediterranean Sea is provided as regards current status, potential problems, challenges, and perspectives of development. An integrated and holistic approach is necessary for the economic viability and sustainability of marine renewable energy projects; this approach comprises three different frameworks, not always aligned, i.e., geotechnical/engineering, socio-economic, and environmental/ecological frameworks. In this context, the geomorphological, climatological, socio-economic, and environmental/ecological particularities of the Mediterranean basin are discussed, as they constitute key issues of the spatial context in which marine renewable energy projects are to be implemented. General guidelines for the sustainable development of marine renewable energy in the Mediterranean are also provided.

Keywords: marine renewable energy; ocean energy; offshore wind energy; marine spatial planning; Mediterranean Sea; roadmap for marine energy development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q4 Q40 Q41 Q42 Q43 Q47 Q48 Q49 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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