RESEARCH PROGRAM #3:

OFFSHORE RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS

Identify and develop offshore renewable energy systems capturing generation, storage and control aspects optimised for co-located offshore operations.

The objective of the Offshore Renewable Energy Systems program (program 3), is to support offshore aquaculture (Program 2) through supplies of lower cost energy and ancillary products (oxygen and freshwater) and to contribute to the cost of offshore infrastructure through the development of exportable energy carriers (e.g. hydrogen).

Commercialisation opportunities include the design and development of renewable energy conversion devices; optimal offshore storage solutions and export products and micro-grid architecture solutions and control systems for intelligent management of integrated end-user demands. ORES will also focus on essential resources such as freshwater (via desalination) and oxygen (for hatchery and fish culture) which could be commercialised.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

Development and testing of marine energy conversion devices suited to offshore conditions that support energy export and storage, and that support aquaculture.

  • Support offshore aquaculture through supplies of lower cost energy and ancillary products.

  • Contribute to the cost of offshore infrastructure through the development of exportable energy carriers.
  • Design and development of renewable energy conversion devices; optimal offshore storage solutions and export products and micro-grid architecture solutions and control systems for intelligent management of integrated end-user demands.

PROGRAM STAFF

Dr Mark Hemer

Program Leader
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

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Professor Evan Gray

Deputy Program Leader
Griffith University

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Professor Irene Penesis

Interim Research Director
Australian Maritime College,
University of Tasmania

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Email: irene.penesis@blueeconomycrc.com.au