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renewable energy
tidal energy
tidal current energy
wave energy
ocean thermal energy
salinity gradient energy
ZHANG Yong-Liang
Article by Zhang,Y.L

Marine renewable energy in China: Current status and perspectives

Yong-liang ZHANG*, Zheng LIN, Qiu-lin LIU

State Key Laboratory of Hydro-Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, P. R. China


    Based on a general review of marine renewable energy in China, an assessment of the development status and amount of various marine renewable energy resources, including tidal energy, tidal current energy, wave energy, ocean thermal energy, and salinity gradient energy in China’s coastal seas, such as the Bohai Sea, the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea, and the South China Sea, is presented. We have found that these kinds of marine renewable energy resources will play an important role in meeting China’s future energy needs. Additionally, considering the uneven distribution of China’s marine renewable energy and the influences of its exploitation on the environment, we have suggested several sites with great potential for each kind of marine energy. Furthermore, perspectives on and challenges related with marine renewable energy in China are addressed.

Keywords renewable energy   tidal energy   tidal current energy   wave energy   ocean thermal energy   salinity gradient energy  
Received 2013-02-08 Revised 2013-03-14 Online: 2014-07-25 
DOI: doi:10.3882/j.issn.1674-2370.2014.03.005
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants No. 51079072 and 51279088), the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2012AA052602), and the Tsinghua University Initiative Scientific Research Program (Grant No. 20101081791).
Corresponding Authors: Yong-liang ZHANG
Email: yongliangzhang@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn
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