Marine energy systems: a wind energy perspective


There is a growing interest in the exploitation of marine current and wave energy for utility-scale electricity generation. Successful development of cost-competitive marine power generation systems has the potential to significantly increase the overall penetration levels of renewable energy sources. The field of marine energy, while it has existed for some time, is in the relatively early stages of technology development. Many research prototypes, representing a diverse spectrum of tidal stream and wave devices, are being designed, built and tested. It remains to be seen whether current and wave energy devices converge to a small number of preferred designs, and how developments in science and engineering will enable reduction in cost-of-energy.

This early trajectory of technology development has striking similarities to that of wind energy some 30 years ago. The field of wind energy has now reached a later stage of technology maturity, with wind turbine configuration design converging to the three-bladed, horizontal-axis, variable-speed turbine, and with power generation costs at competitive levels. This special issue aims to address the following question: how can the past and present experiences of the field of wind energy technology inform the development of marine energy technology? Articles that are solicited address both specific issues of device physics and technologies, as well as broader issues such as resource assessment, environmental impact and how renewable energy technologies are developed and brought to market. Articles that highlight historical lessons from wind energy technology development are especially encouraged.

The primary requirement for the theme of a submitted paper is that it addresses experiences and knowledge in wind energy, and how these may transfer to the field of marine energy. Topics for consideration include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Machine configuration and design

  • Structural engineering

  • Aero/Hydrodynamics and noise

  • Grid integration

  • Materials and manufacturing

  • Resource assessment and siting

  • Economics and environmental impact

  • Dynamics and control

  • Offshore wind and the marine environment

  • Operations and maintenance

  • Drive-train technology

  • Prototype development and field testing

Prospective authors are kindly requested to submit their manuscripts online, no later than 20 May 2010. Authors should follow manuscript preparation and online submission guidelines on the journal home page at: Papers must be submitted via the Wind Energy Online Submission site at the above journal homepage, where you will need to:

  • 1Create a Wind Energy Author account in ScholarOne Manuscripts (Manuscript Central) if you don't already have one
  • 2Manuscript Type: select ‘Special issue article’
  • 3Special Issue: select ‘Yes’
  • 4Special Issue Information: input title ‘Marine Energy Systems’