Date of Award
Senior Honors Thesis
College or School
Natural Resources and the Environment
Program or Major
Environmental Conservation and Sustainability and International Affairs
Bachelor of Science
Marine renewable energy, energy harnessed from various ocean resources such as waves, tides, currents, thermal gradients, and marine streams, has incredible potential in the United States. Several European countries have realized the potential of the resource in the North Sea and Atlantic and have created incredibly successful industries already. The United Kingdom, particularly Scotland, is the world leader because of the comprehensive policy, labor force, and markets it has established in order to make MRE a competitive energy source. In the United States, the industry is immature, underfunded, and lacks policy support. In order to establish itself as a world leader in developing an emerging energy sector, the United States should approach this industry similarly to Scotland, with regional and site-specific considerations in mind.
Fairall, Stella Kathryn, "Scottish Marine Renewable Energy: U.S. Approaches for Development of Wave and Tidal Technologies" (2021). Honors Theses and Capstones. 698.
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