ST Conference PreviewFourth Annual Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference
Now in its fourth year, the Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference (GMREC) is scheduled to take place April 28 to 29 in Washington, D.C.
The two-day conference, which features an additional day of problem solving and strategy discussion on April 27, will bring together about 500 industry professionals who are working to bring commercial ocean renewable energy operations to their shores in an environmentally and economically sound manner.
Conference organizers said they continue to receive feedback from industry leaders that GMREC is one of the most substantive and productive marine hydrokinetic conferences of the year.
Industry professionals from the United Kingdom, Scotland, Portugal, Norway, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand will be on hand to provide updates on ongoing work with government, industry and research communities to advance ocean renewable energy systems. These speakers will share the lessons they have learned from designing marine hydrokinetic devices for harsh marine and riverine environments.
Harnessing power from waves, current flow, tides and thermal gradients has been the focus of past GMRECs and will remain so this year. Panels of experts will address the issues that are key to getting marine hydrokinetic devices in the water and operational. Topics to be covered include permitting, environmental studies, site selection, resource assessment, seafloor construction, subsea cabling, foundations, mooring systems, installation and maintenance.
Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement will deliver the keynote speech during the April 28 morning session. In his role as director, Bromwich is overseeing the fundamental restructuring of the former Minerals Management Service.
Key government agencies charged with the development, regulation, monitoring and funding of alternative energy systems will be featured in many of the workshops, panels and keynote speeches. The conference will feature government laboratory updates from Sandia National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
To capitalize on the GMREC's relationships with international partners, there will be detailed updates from leading European ocean energy development initiatives such as EquiMar, the Performance Assessment of Wave and Tidal Arrays, ReDapt, WaveHub and the European Marine Energy Center.
This will be the fourth year that the Ocean Energy Systems Implementing Agreement (OES-IA) executive committee will hold their annual executive committee meetings alongside GMREC. These committee meetings attract an influential group that will discuss ocean energy standards, operations, regulations and international cooperation. A team from the OES-IA committee will provide country updates to the full GMREC on April 28.
Problem Solving and Workshops
Preceding the main conference on April 27, there will be an additional day of problem solving and strategic industry-wide action. Workshops will address a variety of topics, including marine hydrokinetic reference models, instrumentation measurements for a new industry, environmental effects, coastal and marine spatial planning, and test centers for a growing industry.
These sessions are free to full registrants of the GMREC. Due to limited seating, however, reservations for industry development sessions are required and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Exhibition and Poster Session
The conference will have booth and table space for companies and organizations. The exhibit space will be located outside the main ballroom and in the upper mezzanine.
Posters will provide updates on ongoing projects. Last year's posters described government and university test sites and university marine hydrokinetic research programs. Posters are currently being solicited that feature the most advanced innovations in ocean power generation systems. Ideas can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the conference, visit www.globalmarinerenewable.com.