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Conference Programme

This year’s conference theme – ‘Working locally, growing globally‘ – will explore Ocean energy’s major impact on European regions, nations and states in terms of economic growth, investments and jobs.

 

Please note that the conference programme is subject to change and will be updated regularly. 

 

Printable programme

 

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

Room LENNOX 1

 

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. 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
Rémi Gruet
CEO, Ocean Energy Europe
Welcome & Chair
Flagship projects: Deployments, data and the deep blue sea image
Simon Forrest
CEO, Nova Innovation
Flagship projects: Deployments, data and the deep blue sea image
Andrew Scott
CEO, Orbital Marine Power (formerly Scotrenewables)
Flagship projects: Deployments, data and the deep blue sea image
Anders Jansson
Business Development Director, CorPower Ocean
Flagship projects: Deployments, data and the deep blue sea image
Fiona Buckley
Senior Project Manager, ENGIE
Wave energy showcase: Cutting edge concepts image
11:00 - 12:30
Wave energy showcase: Cutting edge concepts

Room LENNOX 1

 

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.

Wave energy showcase: Cutting edge concepts image
Tim Hurst
Managing Director, Wave Energy Scotland
Chair
Wave energy showcase: Cutting edge concepts image
Michael Henriksen
CEO, Wavepiston
Wave energy showcase: Cutting edge concepts image
Reenst Lesemann
CEO, Columbia Power Technologies
Wave energy showcase: Cutting edge concepts image
Ali Baghaei
CEO & MD, Aquanet Power
Wave energy showcase: Cutting edge concepts image
Patxi Etxaniz
Head of Marine Energy, IDOM
Wave energy showcase: Cutting edge concepts image
Per Resen
CEO, Resen Waves
Wave energy showcase: Cutting edge concepts image
Jimmy Murphy
MARINET2 & Marinerg-i Project Coordinator, University College Cork
Industry rollout: The right market signals for industrial development image
14:00 - 15:30
Industry rollout: The right market signals for industrial development

Room LENNOX 1

 

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?

Industry rollout: The right market signals for industrial development image
Tim Cornelius
CEO, SIMEC Atlantis Energy
Chair
Industry rollout: The right market signals for industrial development image
Giovanni Tula
Head of Innovation & Sustainability, Enel Green Power
Industry rollout: The right market signals for industrial development image
Simon De Pietro
CEO, DP Energy
Industry rollout: The right market signals for industrial development image
Mikko Muoniovaara
Senior Project Director, Fortum
Industry rollout: The right market signals for industrial development image
Tim Ramsey
Programme Manager Marine Energy, US Department of Energy
Down to earth: Getting your foundations right image
16:00 - 17:30
Down to earth: Getting your foundations right

Room LAMMERMUIR 1

 

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 barrages and platforms?

Down to earth: Getting your foundations right image
Matthijs Soede
Research Policy Officer, European Commission
Chair
Down to earth: Getting your foundations right image
Rowan Boswood
Senior Structural Engineer, SIMEC Atlantis Energy
Down to earth: Getting your foundations right image
Jeremy Smith
Managing Director, QED Naval
Down to earth: Getting your foundations right image
Lars Bo Ibsen
Professor, Ph.D/Head of Offshore Foundations, Aalborg University
Down to earth: Getting your foundations right image
Johanna Money
Researcher, Energy Team, NESSIE project/Scottish Enterprise
Down to earth: Getting your foundations right image
Hans van Breugel
CEO, Tocardo
Export markets: Writing a global success story image
16:00 - 17:30
Export markets: Writing a global success story

Room LENNOX 1

 

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?

Export markets: Writing a global success story image
Emma Pinchbeck
Executive Director, Renewable UK
Chair
Export markets: Writing a global success story image
Heikki Paakkinen
CEO, Wello
Export markets: Writing a global success story image
Jean-Christophe Allo
Business Development Manager, Sabella
Export markets: Writing a global success story image
Jason Hayman
Managing Director, Sustainable Marine Energy
Export markets: Writing a global success story image
Julien Marchal
Secretary General & VP Sales, Naval Energies
Keynote by Mark Drakeford, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Welsh Government image
09:00 - 09:15
Keynote by Mark Drakeford, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Welsh Government

Room LENNOX 1

Keynote by Mark Drakeford, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Welsh Government image
Mark Drakeford
Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Welsh Government
Regional & national champions: Local growth, global impact image
09:15 - 10:30
Regional & national champions: Local growth, global impact

Room LENNOX 1

 

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 public agencies best work together to deliver upon this potential?

Regional & national champions: Local growth, global impact image
Donagh Cagney
Policy Director, Ocean Energy Europe
Chair
Regional & national champions: Local growth, global impact image
Filippo Compagni
North West Europe Contact Point (UK) Interreg Programme, UK Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
Regional & national champions: Local growth, global impact image
Olatz Ajuria
Project Manager, Ente Vasco de la Energía (EVE)
Regional & national champions: Local growth, global impact image
Declan Meally
Head of Department - Emerging Sectors, Sustainable Energy Authority Of Ireland (SEAI)
Regional & national champions: Local growth, global impact image
Norma Hogan
Senior Development Manager - Marine and Emerging Technologies, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)
Resource assessment: Modelling and reality image
09:15 - 10:30
Resource assessment: Modelling and reality

Room LAMMERMUIR 1

 

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?

Resource assessment: Modelling and reality image
John Breslin
General Manager, SmartBay
Chair
Resource assessment: Modelling and reality image
Laurence Crosnier
Market Development Manager, Mercator Ocean
Resource assessment: Modelling and reality image
Yves Perignon
Research Engineer, Ph.D, Centrale Nantes
Resource assessment: Modelling and reality image
Marcelle Askew
VP Projects and Communications, Seabased
Resource assessment: Modelling and reality image
Frederic Dias
Professor Ph.D, University College Dublin
Finance: New routes through the Valley of Death image
11:00 - 12:15
Finance: New routes through the Valley of Death

Room LENNOX 1

 

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.

Finance: New routes through the Valley of Death image
Andrew Smith
Founder, Deja Blue Consulting
Chair
Finance: New routes through the Valley of Death image
Guillaume Gillet
Manager EU Business Unit, InnoEnergy
Finance: New routes through the Valley of Death image
Mark Francis
Investments Director, Abundance
Sue Barr
Chair, Marine Energy Council
Finance: New routes through the Valley of Death image
Agustin Escardino
Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission
Keynote by Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands image
12:15 - 12:30
Keynote by Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands

Room LENNOX 1

Keynote by Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands image
Paul Wheelhouse
Scottish Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands
Tidal energy showcase: Getting into the flow image
13:30 - 15:00
Tidal energy showcase: Getting into the flow

Room LENNOX 1

 

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 energy showcase: Getting into the flow image
Sian Wilson
Senior Development Manager, Crown Estate Scotland
Chair
Tidal energy showcase: Getting into the flow image
Craig Love
Engineering Manager, Andritz Hydro Hammerfest
Tidal energy showcase: Getting into the flow image
Martin Edlund
CEO, Minesto
Tidal energy showcase: Getting into the flow image
Jean-François Simon
CEO, HydroQuest
Tidal energy showcase: Getting into the flow image
Menno Broers
Managing Director, BT Projects
Life after diesel: Islands & off-grid markets image
15:30 - 16:30
Life after diesel: Islands & off-grid markets

Room LENNOX 1

 

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.

Life after diesel: Islands & off-grid markets image
Oliver Wragg
Commercial Director, EMEC
Chair
Life after diesel: Islands & off-grid markets image
Rémi Blokker
CEO, Bluerise
Life after diesel: Islands & off-grid markets image
Joaquim Hernandez-Brito
CEO, PLOCAN
Life after diesel: Islands & off-grid markets image
Julien Marchal
Secretary General & VP Sales, Naval Energies
Life after diesel: Islands & off-grid markets image
Terry Stinson
Non-Executive Chairman, Carnegie Clean Energy
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