The successful deployment and operation of aquatic renewables will require a wide range of associated support facilities and other supporting resources. This support will include materials, buildings, ports, connections and markets.
The significance of these supporting factors is that if they are not present, or planned for, then the deployment of aquatic renewable energy will be more difficult, less effective and may even fail.
The aim of this section is to provide a brief introduction to how these support factors will play a role in the future development of aquatic renewables.
Figure 1 Generic illustration of supporting infrastructure needs