Practical Ocean Energy Management Systems (San Diego, USA) discovered opportunities for nonprofit organizations to take title to existing offshore oil production structures that have reached the end of their economic life, for purposes of ongoing marine-based research, test and development. The 29 oil platforms operating of the California's coast will have to be decommissioned in some manner over the next 15 years. Allowing the owners of the platforms to leave some portion of the structure as a combination research station/ artificial reef, and sharing the cost savings with the public, will be a win for both the marine environment and the public.
The technology for potential mainstream ocean power generation is available today. For example, over 400 patents on wave energy devices have been filed. Many countries have forged ahead with government-funded marine power stations, although the US, consuming about 1/4 of the total world power supply, and importing 50% of its oil, is not among them. Norway, Scotland, Japan, Australia and Indonesia have built and are operating wave-energy stations. Technology advances in turbines and storage make ocean energy increasingly practical and economic for larger scale demands. There is no common public facility and test bed in the US, let alone off the 1,100-mile coastline of California, where these devices may be tested: verified for durability, optimally tuned and validated for economy.