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Conference Programme

Ocean energy has a major impact on European regions, bring economic growth, investments and jobs. This year’s conference theme – ‘Working locally, growing globally‘ – will explore that fact and invite the industry to demonstrate the benefits of expanding the sector.

 

The OEE2018 conference programme is regularly updated with details of speakers and session chairs. All information is subject to change.

 

 

2018-10-30
2018-10-30
2018-10-31
2018-10-31
Flagship projects: Deployments, data and the deep blue sea image
09:00 - 10:30
Flagship projects: Deployments, data and the deep blue sea

2018 has been an exciting year, with demonstration projects generating even more data and knowledge, valuable new projects being launched, and several promising export deals being signed. These developments bring the sector closer to the point of commercial roll-out. So, what do they tell us about the future shape of the sector?

Some of the sector’s leading technology and project developers will share their successes, lessons learned and strategic decisions from the past year.

Flagship projects: Deployments, data and the deep blue sea image
Paul Wheelhouse
Scottish Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands
Keynote speaker
Wave energy showcase: Cutting-edge concepts image
11:00 - 12:30
Wave energy showcase: Cutting-edge concepts

Wave energy attracts the some of the most innovative and creative engineer minds of this generation for two reasons: the engineering challenge is tantalising, and the prize for surmounting it is huge. This session showcases the latest and most advanced developments from the wave energy sector with presentations from the cutting-edge companies who are developing them.

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Tim Hurst
Managing Director, Wave Energy Scotland
Chair
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Michael Henriksen
CEO, Wavepiston
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Reenst Lesemann
Director, Columbia Power Technologies
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Ali Baghaei
CEO & MD, Aquanet Power
Wave energy showcase: Cutting-edge concepts image
Patxi Etxaniz
CEO, OCEANTEC
Industry roll-out: The right market signals for industrial development image
14:00 - 15:30
Industry roll-out: The right market signals for industrial development

Every new electricity generation technology has benefitted from strong public support: from the nuclear programmes of the sixties to the recent revenue support for wind and solar. This panel debate will discuss which market signals are needed to unlock investment decisions? What help is needed from the EU? Which countries will be ocean energy pioneers and reap the benefit of industrial development?

Down to earth: Getting your foundations right image
16:00 - 17:30
Down to earth: Getting your foundations right

Making the right foundation choice is essential for every device developer. This session will address the questions that all developers must consider: How to minimise costs whilst ensuring a sturdy and reliable anchor? What are the advantages of gravity vs non-gravity based installations? Can foundation costs be reduced by utilising existing or planned infrastructure such as sea walls, barrages and platforms?

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Matthijs Soede
Research Programme Officer, DG RTD, European Commission
Chair
Down to earth: Getting your foundations right image
Jeremy Smith
Director, QED Naval
Down to earth: Getting your foundations right image
Pieter de Haas
CTO, Tocardo (tbc)
Down to earth: Getting your foundations right image
Lars Bo Ibsen
Professor, Ph.D/Head of Offshore Foundation, Aalborg University
Export markets: Writing a global success story image
16:00 - 17:30
Export markets: Writing a global success story

Europe has been at the epicentre of the development of ocean energy for the past 15 years. However, as national markets take time to develop, other regions are starting to attract the attention of OEMs and developers alike.
Which markets are currently the most attractive? Why? Is exporting the fastest way to industrial roll-out today? What are the challenges?

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Emma Pinchbeck
Executive Director, Renewable UK
Chair
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Heikki Paakkinen
CEO, Wello (tbc)
Export markets: Writing a global success story image
Jean-Christophe Allo
Business development manager, Sabella
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Jason Hayman
Managing Director, Sustainable Marine Energy (tbc)
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Julien Marchal
General & VP Sales, Naval Energies
Regional champions: Local growth, global impact image
09:00 - 10:30
Regional champions: Local growth, global impact

The ocean energy sector is inherently linked with coastal regions. The sector harnesses not only ocean resources, but also human resources – with ocean energy projects tapping into local skills, services and infrastructure. Europe’s coastal regions and their communities will benefit greatly from a thriving ocean energy industry. How can the sector and the regions best work together to deliver upon this potential?

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Mark Drakeford
Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Welsh Government
Keynote speaker
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Donagh Cagney
Policy Director, Ocean Energy Europe
Chair
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Alexandre Tournakis
Interreg NWE Contact Point France, Conseil régional Hauts-de-France
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Olatz Ajuria
Project Manager, Ente Vasco de la Energía (EVE)
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Declan Meally
Head of Department - Emerging Sectors, SEAI
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Norma Hogan
Senior Development Manager - Marine and Emerging Technologies, Highlands and Islands Entreprise (HIE)
Resource assessment: Modelling and reality image
11:00 - 12:30
Resource assessment: Modelling and reality

This session will consider how to evaluate the potential resource at a given site. Are local monitoring programmes the only way to measure tidal and wave potential, or could other sources of information e.g. satellite data, be used as a basis for the selection of potential sites? What is the potential of computer modelling software? Can it help in maximising yield from the existing resource?

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John Breslin
General Manager, SmartBay
Chair
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Laurence Crosnier
Market Development Manager, Mercator Ocean
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Marcelle Askew
VP Projects and Communications, Seabased
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Yves Perignon
Research Scientist, Centrale Nantes
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Frederic Dias
Full Professor, University College Dublin
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Carlos Guedes Soares
Professor, Technical University of Lisbon (tbc)
Finance: New routes through the Valley of Death image
11:00 - 12:30
Finance: New routes through the Valley of Death

The challenges of attracting private finance to fund the ‘Valley of Death’ are well known. But as markets, policy and technologies develop, new opportunities are emerging. This could be a local utility with an interest in a tidal energy PPA. It could be an institutional investor attracted by public guarantees. Or it could even be millions of dispersed citizens, empowered by the internet to fund projects that make a positive impact on the world.

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Bernhard Friess
Director, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission (tbc)
Keynote speaker
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Andrew Smith
Founder, Deja Blue Consulting
Chair
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Pilar Solano
Head of Division, European Investment Bank (tbc)
Finance: New routes through the Valley of Death image
Louise Wilson
Founder & Joint Managing Director, Abundance
Sue Barr
Chair, Marine Energy Council
Tidal technology showcase: Getting into the flow image
13:30 - 15:00
Tidal technology showcase: Getting into the flow

Year by year, the case for tidal energy gets stronger as technology developers continue to raise the bar. As more experience is generated from real-world testing, costs are driven down and electricity yield is driven up.
This session shines a spotlight on the developers at the cutting edge of development, and looks at what they are doing to push the boundaries of tidal energy turbines.

Tidal technology showcase: Getting into the flow image
Sian Wilson
Senior Development Manager, Crown Estate Scotland
Chair
Tidal technology showcase: Getting into the flow image
Craig Love
Engineering Manager, Andritz Hydro Hammerfest
Tidal technology showcase: Getting into the flow image
Jean-François Simon
CEO, HydroQuest (tbc)
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Andrew Scott
CEO, Scotrenewables Tidal Power
Life after diesel: Islands & off-grid markets image
15:30 - 16:30
Life after diesel: Islands & off-grid markets

Most (remote) islands currently rely on expensive and polluting diesel generators to meet their energy needs. The high energy price that consumers pay makes these locations natural markets for ocean energy developers. This session will discuss the size of the prize for ocean energy developers in these island markets and examine the challenges of developing ocean energy in this context.

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Brendan Devlin
Advisor, European Commission (tbc)
Chair
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Rémi Blokker
CEO, Bluerise (tbc)
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Michael Ottaviano
Managing Director, Carnegie Clean Energy
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Martin Edlund
CEO, Minesto
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