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Sunday, November 4, 2012


My good friend from Norway, Lars Golmen, sent me developing plans of the European Union for ocean development.  It's still a draft, so let me present their introduction:

15 October 2012 

Memo EU-Ocean Energy Association Annual Strategy Day  
27 Sep 2012- Outcomes 

EU-OEA Strategy Day Executive Summary 

Ocean energy represents a significant opportunity for Europe – to decarbonise its energy supply and to create a vibrant new industrial sector, generating jobs across Europe and in some of the most isolated communities in the Atlantic Arc. 

The European Ocean Energy Association Strategy Day took place in Brussels on September 27, with the goal of gathering a significant number of association members in order to identify key priority areas for action. 

A series of workshops enabled members to identify clusters of industry priorities ranging from research and development support to developing transnational cooperation.  These were then broadly aligned into four themes which were examined in more detail for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. 

The four themes identified were: 

1. Getting reliable technology into the water – project funding 
2. Generating government support towards SET Plan inclusion  
3. Building a credible evidence base and cooperation 
4. Building a reliable business case 

Lars asked me if had any comments, so I sent him the following:

Not much I can add to your comprehensive draft, except, perhaps, provide a spark of inspiration, for absent in the report is a compelling vision of purpose.  Nearly two decades ago I served on an advisory committee for the then upcoming Ocean Expo in Lisbon (photo to the left).  During one of the meetings I provided this paper:

Takahashi, P.K., 1994, "Colonization of the Open Ocean,¨ In Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Oceanography, Lisbon, Portugal.

Perhaps you can find it when you go to Lisbon, as I long ago threw away much of my literature. (Addition:  the Ocean Expo was in honor of the 500th anniversary of Vasco da Gama.)

In any case, in the article, I analogized those days of European exploration and conquest, when the world was exploited for your needs, and there were terrible human implications.  However, in the open ocean today is the final global frontier for economic development.  No one really owns these waters and no existing populations will be impacted.  In fact, there might even be opportunities to enhance the environment, as global climate change can be remediated and hurricane formation can be prevented.

The Blue Revolution powered by OTEC allows your shipbuilders to create marine industrial parks and cities to provide energy and other sustainable resources to the European Union.  Man in Space is at least a millennium away.  The Blue Revolution is your next opportunity.

The ocean is also Hawaii's best hope for the economic development, and the Blue Revolution Hawaii Board has advanced the Pacific International Ocean Station as our showcase project for international partnership.  Perhaps someday there could be a Hawaii Ocean Expo.  Here is the Yeosu Ocean Expo held earlier this year.

My posting of 2August2011 identified a wide range of potential marine cities and parks, but in in recognition of what Lars and the European Union are doing, here is a first step with TROPOS:

And one of their futuristic dreams called VISIONS:


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