With just 0.1% of the potential energy of the oceans, the world's energy demand could be satisfied five fold. Studies estimate that marine offshore wind energy devices would be able to produce 70% of the world renewable energy by the year 2020 (Source: EWEA). By 2050, marine renewable energies should supply 188GW, that is 15% of the european energy requirements, creating 470.000 new jobs and avoiding the emmission of 136 million tons of CO2.
Given the profound experience of IH Cantabria in the physical environment (numerical modeling, physical modeling and flow-structure interaction) we are prepared to deal with the challenges which are arising in the field of MREs. There are 8 main challenges to be solved in a project implementation or development of new technologies for the energy use of our seas: energy resource availability, conceptualization and device simulation, scale testing, calibration, validation using numerical models, pre-design of these prototypes and subsequent scale demonstration, analysis of the impacts of these devices on the coast and their monitoring and control in real time.