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Matt Spaniol

Electrification of the seas: Foresight for a sustainable blue economy

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Productive activity in the North Sea Region (NSR) is expected to intensify, diversify, and expand further offshore. Pressure to decarbonize and “electrify” the existing and emerging industries of the ocean economies offer an opportunity as the electrification of the seas has captured the imagination of industry and policymakers as a pathway to achieving sustainable growth. Using the methods of morphological analysis, thematic analysis, and structural analysis, this article identifies and reports on six innovation concepts for the electrification of the seas: Charging at wind farms; Charging at fish farms; Charging at thermal-powered platforms; Charging by floating solar panels; Charging at tidal plants; Charging at offshore container terminals. This article provides a base for entrepreneurship by generating insight into the affecting variables for each configuration as well as the identification of the strategic variables. It furthermore contributes a novel methodological approach to produce said understanding. The paper concludes with prospects for the electrification of the seas and charts a pathway for sustainable transition of the ocean economies.
TidsskriftJournal of Cleaner Production
Antal sider36
StatusUdgivet - 1 nov. 2021

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