Marine in Germany

Wave energy

The country has a very strong public, commercial and national interest in renewable energies but because of its relatively small resource and low wave power levels, the main wave energy work undertaken in Germany has previously been in universities. There is a large amount of public funding in the national energy research programme for renewable energies and a feed-in tariff for electricity from wave energy similar to the tariff for small hydropower.

Currently there is only one German manufacturer of ocean energy devices, Voith Hydro, which acquired the Scottish company Wavegen in 2005. Under this leadership, Wavegen has gone on to significant projects in the UK and Spain. Other German suppliers, such as Bosch Rexroth and Contitech, build components and parts for a number of wave devices. The German utility RWE has created a new operating company for all of its European renewable energy activities – RWE Innogy; the UK subsidiary of this business, RWE npower renewables, has invested in Wavegen’s technology in the UK. E.ON is investing in a scheme using the Pelamis in Scotland.


The Marine section of this area of the website collates information on Wave energy, Tidal energy and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion technologies. For further details please refer to the WER 2013 report marine chapter.