Availability and its effect on the cost of marine energy
Very little can yet be known about the availability of MEC devices and farms; however, there are clear indicators from the on-shore and off-shore wind industries as to how availability is likely to develop. It is clear that MEC developers need to pay special attention to strategies to reduce installation costs and O&M costs. The next chapter will show that there are choices for MEC farm developers to do this, and these are possible because, unlike an off-shore WT, a MEC device could be moored on location and removed for maintenance. But these involve radical decisions during the development.