Global Wave and Tidal Energy Market: Overview
The worsening energy crisis has urged governments, consumers, and manufacturers to focus on alternative sources of energy. This has put the wave and tidal energy that can be harnessed from the oceans in a spotlight. The development of wave and tidal energy sector is gaining an accelerated momentum due to growing initiatives by several governments and developing countries to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and reducing their carbon footprint. The research report states that the global wave and tidal energy market is expected to be worth US$11345.0 mn by the end of 2024 from US$497.7 mn in 2014. During the forecast period of 2016 and 2024, the global market is expected to rise at a CAGR of 23.2%.
Oceans are estimated to be inexhaustible sources of clean energy. Harnessing tidal and wave energy from the ocean surfaces is expected to be the next sustainable source of energy. Currently, tidal energy is expected to dominate the global market. The tidal energy segment is further divided into tidal range and tidal stream energy. Though both the concepts are new to the market, the tidal range energy sub-segment is known to be more developed than the other. Both the sub-segments are expected to undergo tremendous development with increasing investments in finding alternative sources of energies.
Collaboration between Companies will Bring Down Fixed Costs and Tariff Rates
With a raft of companies experimenting with the development of wave and tidal energy sector, there isn’t single leading technology. However, the fact that both tidal and wave energy sources will reap phenomenal benefits remains for certain. Presently, the market requires a high initial cost of investments in wave and tidal stream power plants in order to achieve better output and higher penetration. If the both these factors are achieved, the market will be able to offer wave and tidal energy at competitive and affordable prices.
The future is likely to be witness to cost cuts as the overall industry is emphasizing on large-scale array deployment instead of project demonstration and prototype testing. Thus, the economies of scale are expected to benefit the manufacturers of energy converter devices and on-shore grid connection and power take-off systems infrastructure. Companies are also expected to collaborate to share fixed costs, which will further bring down the cost of production and overall tariffs.
Europe Leads the Pack as Region Witnesses Tremendous Technological Advancements
Geographically, the global wave and tidal energy market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World. The report suggests that Europe will be at the forefront of the wave and tidal energy market. The ongoing efforts by the governments in the region to cut down the carbon footprint, smaller region with surrounded by the coastline, and the rapid pace of technological advancements are expected to be the key contributors to the regional market’s growth in the near future. Meanwhile, the tidal barrage operations in South Korea are expected to put Asia Pacific on the global map in the coming years. Furthermore, Australia is also expected to make a significant contribution to the soaring revenue of the Asia Pacific wave and tidal energy market.
The key players operating in the global wave and tidal energy market are Ocean Power Technologies, Inc., Pelamis Wave Power Ltd., Carnegie Wave Energy Ltd., Ocean Renewable Power Company LLC, Tenax Energy, Atlantis Resources Ltd., AquaGen Technologies, S.D.E. Energy Ltd. (WERPO Wave Energy), Marine Current Turbines Ltd., and Aquamarine Power Ltd.
Wave and tidal energy are methods of harnessing energy of oceans for power generation. Countries across the world are increasingly looking to utilize these forms of renewable energy as these provide a constant and steady source of clean energy. Abundance of ocean surface and significant potential of energy generation in several nations has induced governments to pursue ocean energy generation as an important part of their future renewable energy mix. Venture capital funding and government grant schemes are the vital aspects of this sector. Currently, technology development and commercial deployment of projects are in a nascent stage.
This research is designed to estimate, analyze, and forecast the market volume and revenue for the wind and tidal power generation market. It provides an in-depth analysis of the market size of wave and tidal power in terms of volume (installed capacity) and revenue (investments in the sector for adding capacity). The report analyzes the wave and tidal energy sector in detail along with deep dive research spanning three regions and eight countries. It provides detailed analysis, historical data, and statistically refined forecast for wave and tidal energy plants regionally. Country wise markets for wave, tidal, or both forms of energy have been provided individually, depending upon the investment sentiment in the respective economies. The company market share in the sector for both wave and tidal energy plants has been provided separately for 2014.
The market size for wave and tidal power generation has been estimated by studying the possible future technology trends in the market. Detailed research of countries and region-specific wave and tidal energy associations has been undertaken to estimate and forecast the installed capacity and investments in the wave and tidal energy sector. Regionally, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World. An important aspect of this report is the upcoming project details for both wave and tidal energy. This provides a clear idea of country wise projects planned and the tentative timeline by which the industry would achieve commercial deployment of its technologies.
Wave and tidal power plant technologies are likely to experience significant changes in terms of individual market share from 2014 to 2024. The technology development is still in the initial phase for both wave and tidal energy. This leaves ample scope for new players to enter the market by introducing new and advanced technologies. Detailed cost breakdown analysis of wave and tidal energy plants has been provided in the study. Cost projections of individual cost components have been done for the forecast period, supported by qualitative analysis. Major players in the wave and tidal energy business have been profiled in the study to identify market penetration strategies and winning imperatives for them.
Key players in the global wave and tidal energy market include Pelamis Wave Power Ltd., Carnegie Wave Energy Ltd., Ocean Power Technologies, Inc., Ocean Renewable Power Company LLC, Tenax Energy, AquaGen Technologies, Atlantis Resources Ltd., S.D.E. Energy Ltd. (WERPO Wave Energy), Marine Current Turbines Ltd., and Aquamarine Power Ltd. The report provides an overview of these companies, followed by their financial revenues (on availability), business strategies, SWOT analysis, and recent developments. The global wave and tidal energy market has been segmented as follows:
Wave and Tidal Energy Market: Type analysis
- Wave energy
- Tidal energy
Wave and Tidal Energy Market: Geography analysis
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- South Korea
- Rest of the World
- South Africa