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Ocean Energy Europe 2016 Conference Programme

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Day 1: Tuesday 8 November

08:00 - 09:15                  Registration and Welcome Coffee in the exhibition

09:15 - 9:30                   Welcome address 

 Welcome address and formal opening of the conference. 

  • Remi Gruet, CEO, Ocean Energy Europe
  • Piotr Tulej, Head of Unit, Renewable Energy Sources, DG RTD, European Commission

09:30 - 11:00                 2016: The take off year for ocean energy

This year is a pivotal moment for the ocean energy industry with several major projects hitting the water, including some ground-breaking farms. In this session, the developers behind the sector’s lighthouse projects will talk about their experiences in getting this far, and what’s coming next in their development strategy. 

Chair: Piotr Tulej, Head of Unit, Renewable Energy Sources, DG RTD, European Commission


  • Simon Forrest, Managing Director, Nova Innovation (Shetland Tidal Array, UK)
  • Cameron Smith, Director of Project Development, Atlantis Resources (MeyGen Project, UK)
  • Brendan Corr, Chief Commercial Officer, OpenHydro (Paimpol-Brehat Tidal Farm, France)
  • Niels A. Lange, CEO, SCHOTTEL HYDRO (Blackrock Tidal Power, Canada)

11:00 - 11:30                 Coffee Break in the exhibition

11:30 - 13:00                  Political vision: Ministerial keynote session

Strong political support is essential for the long-term success of the sector, which will flourish in an optimal policy environment. Through a series of keynote addresses, this session will set out the political vision for ocean energy, at the European, national and regional level. The session will also mark the conclusion of the EU’s Ocean Energy Forum, with the official handover of its Roadmap from the industry to the European Commission. 

Ocean Energy Europe 

  • Thierry Kalanquin, Senior Vice President of Energies & Marine Infrastructures, DCNS & Interim CEO, OpenHydro
  • Simon de Pietro, CEO, DP Energy


  • Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • Bart Tommelein, Regional Minister for Finance, Budget and Energy, Flanders, Belgium
  • Molly Scott-Cato, MEP, Member of the European Parliament
  • Eamonn Confrey, Principal Officer Decarbonisation Policy Division, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Ireland
  • Gwenllian Roberts, Head of Energy and Steel team, Department for Economy and Infrastructure, Welsh Government

13:00 - 14:00                  Networking Lunch in the exhibition

14:00 - 15.30                 Wave showcase: Steel and saltwater

Wave energy is the largest untapped renewable energy source in the world, and the prize for developing commercial technology is huge. European technologies are leading the race for this prize, but other regions, such as the US, are chasing hard.  This session showcases the latest technology developments from some of the most advanced wave energy companies globally. Presentations will focus on lessons learned from recent deployments, and outline plans for future technology development.

Chair: Declan Meally, Head of Emerging Sectors, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)


  • Patrik Moller, CEO, Corpower
  • David Campbell, CFO, Albatern
  • Chris Ridgewell, CTO, AW-Energy
  • Tim Mundon, Chief Engineer, Oscilla Power
  • Anders Køhler, Managing Director, Floating Power Plant

15:30 - 16:00                  Coffee Break in the exhibition

16:00 - 17:30                  How do we make ocean energy investable?

Financing the development of devices and projects remains a key issue for the ocean energy sector’s progress. This session will feature a discussion between representatives from various private financing sources who will outline their requirements for investment in renewable energies and what they expect from the industry and decision-makers to make ocean energy investable.

Chair: Angus McCrone, Chief Editor, Bloomberg New Energy Finance


  • Philippe Bilski, Paris Branch, Green Giraffe
  • Luis Quiroga, Director and Head of Investment Strategy, HgCapital - Renewable Energy
  • Finbarr O’Sullivan, Managerial Advisor, European Investment Bank
  • Minesh Shah, Investment Executive - Infrastructure, Infrared Capital Partners

17:30 - 18:30                  FORESEA Drinks Reception

To mark the annoucement of its first round of awards, the FORESEA project will host a drinks reception at its stand in the exhibition hall. 


  • Marie-Christine Marghem, Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, Belgium
  • Neil Kermode, Managing Director, EMEC
  • Maud Skäringer, DG REGIO, European Commission

17:30 - 19:00                  Exhibition visiting time

19:30 - 23:00                  Gala Networking Dinner - Hotel Metropole

The Gala Dinner will be held at a Brussels landmark, the Hotel Metropole, located in the city centre. Only open to ticket holders.
Click here for more information about the gala dinner. 


Day 2: Wednesday 9 November

08:30 - 09:00                   Registration and Welcome Coffee in the exhibition

09:00 - 10:30                   Creating a market for ocean energy in Europe

In recent years, regulatory instability and a lack of market visibility have made European countries less attractive for renewable energy investors. This high-level panel will discuss what Europe’s decision-makers can and should do to maintain Europe’s leadership in the development of ocean energy.

Chair: Darius Snieckus, Editor-in-Chief, Recharge


  • Marie Donnelly, Director-Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Effeciency, DG Energy, European Commission
  • Thierry Kalanquin, Senior Vice President of Energies & Marine Infrastructures, DCNS
  • Tim Cornelius, CEO, Atlantis Resources
  • Riccardo Amoroso, Head of Innovation and Sustainability, Enel Green Power

10:30 - 11:00                  Coffee Break in the exhibition



11:00 - 11:10                  Keynote Address 

Keynote:  Ben de Reu, Member of the Executive Council of Zeeland Province, The Netherlands

11:10 - 12:30                  Tidal showcase: Tides, turbines and the cutting edge

As the market for tidal energy rapidly emerges, significant, unprecedented opportunities will be open to turbine manufacturers. This session features some of the most advanced tidal energy technology the world has to offer, and examines the measures they are taking to stay ahead of the field in terms of cost, reliability and yield.

Chair: Oliver Wragg, EMEC/FORESEA project


  • Andrew Scott, CEO, Scotrenewables
  • Hans van Breugel, CEO, Tocardo
  • Jean-Christophe Allo, Business Development Manager, Sabella
  • Heije Westberg, CTO, Minesto 

12:30 - 13:30                  Networking Lunch in the exhibition

13:30 - 15:00                  Public funding: Completing the project finance jigsaw

This session will look at new financing sources being discussed at EU level, and how they fit in the broader context of EU and national policy objectives. Do they address the main obstacles for the development of ocean energy? Are they fit-for-purpose? Panellists from the European Commission will present new funding and financing programmes and confront their views with leading industry finance specialists. 

Chair: Jacopo Moccia, Policy Director, Ocean Energy Europe


  • Roman  Doubrava, Deputy Head of Unit, DG CLIMA, European Commission
  • Florentine Hopmeier, Team leader for the Investment Plan for Europe, DG ECFIN, European Commission


  • Kieran O’Brien, Director for European Affairs, Carnegie Wave Energy
  • Andrew Smith, Chief Investment Officer, DP Energy
  • Olivier Bontems, Director, IDETA-ELSA

15:00 - 15:30                  Coffee Break in the exhibition

15.30 – 16.30                  Offshore vessels: Widening the window and reducing project costs

Installation costs presently make up 18% and 27% of the lifetime costs of an average wave and tidal array respectively (SI Ocean, 2014). Vessel hire make up a significant proportion of that cost. As the industry’s supply chain begins to take shape, there is a live debate around the types of vessels on offer to the industry. A trade-off between positioning stability, operation windows and costs means the optimal way forward is not entirely obvious. This session goes right to the centre of this debate to discuss the merits of dynamic positioning, jack-up and barge vessels.


  • Henry Jeffrey, Senior Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh


  • Stijn Delauré, Business Unit Manager Wave & Tidal, GeoSea 
  • Jason Schofield, Managing Director, Green Marine 
  • Simon Hindley, Principal Naval Architect, Mojo Maritime 


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