PERISCOPE Partner, EMEC, attended ICOE in Cherbourg, France
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) attended the 7th International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) in Cherbourg, Normandy, France, held on 12-13 June 2018. The conference is a global marine energy event focused on the industrial development of ocean energy. Held every two years since 2006, ICOE aims at gathering stakeholders from the sector of ocean energies (tidal, wave, salinity gradient, ocean thermal energies) and sharing the most recent experiences on research, technology transfer efforts and technological demonstration. The purpose of the event is to accelerate development by stimulating collaboration between companies, researchers and development centres. It also targets engagement of operators with experience in related marine and power industry sectors.
Beyond the exhibition area, which gathered more than 200 MRE actors over 6 000 m2, 6 international pavilions (Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, UK, USA), and 4 French pavilions (Bretagne, Normandie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Pays de la Loire), ICOE 2018 also welcomed more than 900 business meetings during the three-day event, and proposed a cycle of 35 scientific and technical conferences.
EMEC had a large exhibition stand this year focused on EMEC’s goal working towards a globally successful marine energy industry. Hosted on the stand this year were a range of wave and tidal developers who are partnered alongside EMEC in various EU-funded research and demonstration projects, as well as Oregon, USA based wave test site, PacWave, showcasing EMEC’s international consultancy work with other test facilities.
EMEC welcomed many visitors to their stand and multiple contacts were made. These will be further developed over the next weeks and months.
Caitlin Long (EMEC’s Environment & Consents Specialist) presented a poster within the poster presentation session on how EMEC can aid the development of a streamlined consenting process. Neil Kermode (EMEC’s Managing Director) presented on ‘Joining the dots – from tidal energy to a hydrogen economy’ to demonstrate how EMEC are pioneering the transition from tidal energy to hydrogen. Nicolas Wallet (EMEC’s FORESEA Programme Manager) discussed the advancements FORESEA funding has made within the wave & tidal energy industry in his presentation – ‘FORESEA and the funding jigsaw for technology development’. Oliver Wragg (EMEC’s Commercial Director) chaired this session, which provided updates from test sites from around the globe including PMEC (USA), SEENEOH (France), BiMEP (Spain), and HINMREC (USA – Hawaii).
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