ST Conference PreviewGlobal Marine Renewable Energy Conference
The sixth Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference, or GMREC VI, is slated for April 10 and 11 at the Almas Temple in Washington, D.C. Last yearís conference, at the same venue, attracted participants from more than 20 countries and brought together policy, regulatory and technology leaders.
GMREC will include updates from the Implementing Agreement on Ocean Energy Systems (OES-IA), the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. National Labs, chief executives of global marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) renewable energy companies, major technology developers and MHK consulting firms from around the world.
Expected to attend GMREC this year are engineers and researchers; environmental analysts, scientists and biologists; attorneys and regulatory specialists; technology developers and innovators; investors and venture capitalists; federal, state, and local government policymakers and regulators; and nongovernmental organizations.
Marine Energy Technical Symposium
This yearís conference will host the inaugural Marine Energy Technical Symposium (METS), which comprises 40 technical presentations by U.S. and international authors from academia, industry and national laboratories.
METS presentations will detail aspects of wave energy converter and water current turbine design, analysis and measurement techniques that have the potential to advance the scientific understanding of the technologies.
Panels and Conference Topics
At GMREC VI, attendees can expect to learn about updates on deployed projects, and lessons learned from deployments and other marine-based industries, including offshore wind, marine architecture, offshore safety and construction, advanced materials, metals fabrication and international standards development.
The first day of technical panels will discuss the state of water power research and development, and feature CEOs from companies that have won awards from the U.S. Department of Energy. Other sessions will cover permitting, MHK in the northwest, the development of the U.S. and international MHK markets, reducing the cost of energy, and wave energy opportunities with the U.S. Navy and Department of Energy.
The second day of talks will examine technology and projects around the world, opportunities in other markets, capturing Gulf Stream energy in Florida, wave and tidal energy in New England, financing and supporting MHK in the U.K. and Ireland, projects in New Zealand, Australia and Canada, and investment opportunities in new technologies.
Confirmed speakers include OES-IA Chairman Jose Luis Vilate from Tecnalia (Derio, Spain), a private technology center that is one of the main organizations devoted to applied research in Europe. Also confirmed is Jochen Bard from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Institute, Europeís largest application-oriented research organization, and Henry Jeffrey from the University of Edinburgh.
The CEOs of U.S. tidal companies Ocean Renewable Power Co. (Portland, Maine) and Verdant Power (New York City, New York), along with the U.S. wave energy companies Columbia Power Technologies (Charlottesville, Virginia), Neptune Wave Power (Dallas, Texas) and Resolute Marine Energy (Boston, Massachusetts), will provide updates on their early deployments, commercial progress and lessons learned.
Another standout is John Huckerby, director of Power Projects Ltd. (Wellington, New Zealand), which collaborated on the Wave Energy Technology-New Zealand program (WET-NZ) that served as the first wave technology to be deployed at the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center in Oregon.
For more information on the conference, visit www.globalmarinerenewable.com.
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