Created in 1933 and observed annually on May 22, National Maritime Day recognizes the maritime industry and its importance to commerce of the world. The day of May 22nd was chosen for its significance in 1819 as American steamship Savannah set sail on the first ever transoceanic travel via steam power.
The wonder of steam power and maritime power, in general, is amazing. With advances in technology, time will provide for increases in water-based power generation like hydropower, tidal wave power, and even ocean-based solar grids. Additional instances of power generation via water will continue to support the growing demand for power in the world, all while minimizing climate impact from the burning of fossil fuels.
A beautiful example of power-generation opportunities is tidal energy. Although it is not mainstream just yet, tidal energy has great potential for electricity generation in the future because of its predictability and measurability. Tides are more predictable than wind and solar energy because of the recurring flow of tides and stationary locations.
With the successful introduction of solar power into mainstream society, renewable energies are more and more sought-after these days. By making use of natural heat or energy sources and converting them into power, current and future generations are distancing themselves from expensive utility bills from local power companies. Society is also on the right path to decreasing or eliminating their footprint on Earth’s climate.
In recognition of Maritime Day, let’s recognize the beauty of technology. Two hundred years ago we celebrated the first transoceanic voyage. Generating and controlling steam power back then contributed to advances in harnessing energy that we take for granted today. What will future advances in tidal power, solar engineering, and other renewable energy technologies hold?