Marine Renewable Energy

This course provides an overview of the marine renewable energy sector by focusing on the history of marine renewable energy development, environmental effects, marine spatial planning, device technology and transmission issues, finance and risk mitigation, socio-cultural impacts, and stakeholder and community engagement.

This course explores marine renewable energy (MRE) potential in our ocean and other current environments. This would include wave, tidal, offshore wind and even the less known but viable technologies such as ocean energy thermal conversion (OTEC), and salinity gradient. Heavy investment  by the EU to support a Blue Economy and  federal, provincial, and state investments in Canada/US is increasing growth in the MRE sector. We explore the many factors that support MRE project development. Examples include understanding the technologies, policy to support MRE, environmental and socioeconomic impacts, and marine spatial planning with respect to MRE. Case studies highlight examples of MRE across Europe, North America, and increasingly in Asia and the South Pacific.  Students develop a strong sense of the overall planning approach to MRE and key tools/frameworks to facilitate sustainable growth of the sector. When possible, field trips offer an opportunity to explore the power of the ocean and currents first hand with innovative work occurring in the region of  the Westfjords.


Completed undergraduate studies, regardless of whether BA, BSc, BEd, or other equivalent study. It is important for applicants to have a good knowledge of English, as all teaching takes place in English.

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instruction
InstitutionUniversity Centre of the Westfjords
Begin date14.06.2021
End date25.06.2021
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits4.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyElectricity and energyEnvironmental protection (others)
Teaching placeUniversity Centre of the Westfjords, Ísafjörður, Iceland
Tagsmarineenergyrenewable resources
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