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This year’s conference programme looks at how innovative ocean energy technologies can drive the green energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future.

 

The impacts of the climate crisis and the coronavirus pandemic underline the importance of investing in robust, shock-resistant industries. The world’s economic recovery needs new, sustainable sectors to drive industrial activity and create jobs.

 

This is a timely moment to show that indigenous, infinite and decentralised ocean energy technologies are well-adapted to this economic and environmental reality. The OEE2020 programme will also demonstrate that the extensive supply chain and massive export potential of ocean energy offer real economic benefits alongside its green energy credentials.

Tuesday 01/12/2020

Powering the Green Transition with Blue Energy

Powering the Green Transition with Blue Energy

Ocean energy is a solution to some of the most defining challenges of our time. Our oceans will help us to decarbonise, and to support 100% renewable electricity systems. Our oceans will help deliver a truly just transition, based on new jobs and economic activity. And our oceans can be a platform for European economic and technological strength.

In this session, leading political figures will join together to discuss how the Green Transition can be powered by Blue Energy.

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Flagship projects: Watts in the Water

Flagship projects: Watts in the Water

Project by project, the ocean energy sector is steadily increasing the number of installed devices. Many of the latest projects have an impact beyond pure electricity production: opening up markets, showcasing what revenue support can deliver, or proving a new device type.

This session will provide an overview of the most exciting projects underway in the sector at the moment, and an insight into the future plans of the ocean energy’s leading developers.

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Designing the energy system of the future – the value of flexibility

Designing the energy system of the future – the value of flexibility

Fully decarbonising the energy sector is the most pressing step in achieving climate neutrality. In this context, the flexibility and predictability of ocean energy complements variable renewable energy sources and adds significant value to the energy system.

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OceanSET Workshop
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OceanSET Workshop

This OceanSET workshop is being organised at OEE2020 to encourage knowledge and expertise sharing between innovation providers and funders. It will be a real opportunity to share the very first results of the second-year mapping and analysis carried out in Member States. Insights will be provided on funding programmes, revenue support, consenting processes or projects funded across Member States, and on technologies, energy production or Investment and O&M costs of the more mature ocean energy devices.

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Wednesday 02/12/2020

Wave tech showcase: Innovation at work

Wave tech showcase: Innovation at work

Wave energy devices continue to advance, finding innovative ways to exploit one of the world’s richest resources. In this session, we will bring delegates up to speed with a range of rapid-fire presentations, featuring the latest news from the top wave technology developers.

 

Chair: Jochen Weilepp
University of Applied Sciences Biberach and Board Advisor to Schottel Hydro

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Speakers:

  • Sam Leighton

    CEO | Bombora Wave Power

  • George Kirby (tbc)

    CEO | OPT

  • Per Resen

    CEO | Resen Waves

  • Hayden Marcollo

    Director | Amog Consulting

  • Michael Henriksen

    CEO | Wavepiston

Tidal tech showcase: Powering homes

Tidal tech showcase: Powering homes

Tidal energy’s generating capacity continues to grow, powering ever more homes and businesses in Europe. This session will highlight leading tidal stream technology developers, who will present their latest achievements and experiences.

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DTOcean+ Workshop
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DTOcean+ Workshop

The H2020 DTOceanPlus project aims to develop and test a software suite of advanced design tools for tidal and wave systems, to be released mid-2021 following validation by industrial partners in the consortium. The workshop will give a general overview of the suite of tools and their capabilities, plus explain how to run them with relevant user cases.

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OPIN Workshop
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OPIN Workshop

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Thursday 03/12/2020

OCEANERA-NET Workshop
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OCEANERA-NET Workshop

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ETIP Ocean Workshop
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ETIP Ocean Workshop

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Size matters? Lessons from scaling up

Size matters? Lessons from scaling up

Moving from a sub-scale to full-scale device is more complex than simply increasing the size; the physical and technical implications need to be carefully considered and assessed. In this session, you will hear concrete examples of lessons learned from scaling up ocean energy devices.

 

Chair: Fiona Buckley
Senior Expert and Project Manager | ENGIE

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Speakers:

  • Christopher Ridgewell

    CEO | AW Energy

  • Tony Lewis

    CTO | Ocean Energy

  • Craig Love

    Engineering Manager | Andritz

  • Bernt Erik Westre (tbc)

    CTO | Minesto

  • Andries Van Unen

    CEO | Tocardo

From the drawing board to real sea testing - engineering wave PTOs

From the drawing board to real sea testing - engineering wave PTOs

Power Take-Off systems are the most crucial components of wave energy converters. This session presents five different PTO designs and compares technology developers’ experiences with real-sea testing and scale-ups.

 

Chair: Tim Hurst
CEO | Wave Energy Scotland

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Speakers:

  • Simon Grey (tbc)

    CEO | AWS

  • Jan Peckolt (tbc)

    CEO | Nemos

  • Cameron McNatt

    Managing Director | Mocean

Ocean energy: Growing in harmony with marine life

Ocean energy: Growing in harmony with marine life

Ocean energy helps to protect oceans by fighting against climate change, but its development must not disturb marine wildlife. A growing body of evidence shows that ocean energy has low environmental impact and can even have a positive impact on marine flora and fauna. This session will present the latest research on environmental impacts and discuss the wider ecological importance of ocean energy.

 

Chair: Felix Leinemann
Head of Unit | European Commission

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Speakers:

  • Catherine Chabaud (tbc) - Keynote

    MEP | European Parliament

  • Andrea Copping (tbc)

    Senior Manager | PNNL/OES-Environmental

  • Justin den Hartog (tbc)

    Head of Operations | DMEC

  • Lilian Lieber

    Research Fellow | University of Belfast

Friday 04/12/2020

Asia awakens: A new momentum

Asia awakens: A new momentum

Ocean energy is gaining momentum in Asia. From South Korea to Indonesia, developers are testing new devices and national governments are setting ambitious targets. This session will look at the upcoming opportunities for European developers in these emerging markets.

 

Chair: Ana Brito e Melo
Executive Director | WavEc

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Speakers:

  • Fang Wang (tbc)

    Professor | Ocean University of China

  • Kiyohiko Ko

    Director | Ocean Energy Association Japan

  • Jong Su Choi (tbc)

    Principal Investigator | KRISO

  • Safri Bruhanudin (tbc)

    Vice Minister of the Sea | Indonesian Sea Ministry

Reaching financial close: Funding schemes

Reaching financial close: Funding schemes

Europe has never been more supportive of ocean energy. Join this session for an informal face-to-face conversation with the people directing some of the most interesting funding schemes for the sector. These instruments are specifically tailored to support energy demonstration projects, innovative SMEs, the blue economy and new wave energy tech.

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Expanding horizons:  European leadership abroad

Expanding horizons: European leadership abroad

European companies lead the world in ocean energy and have started to explore markets outside of Europe. Several projects are currently on the way, deploying European technology in North America, Asia, and elsewhere. This session presents those projects and gives an overview of the market conditions in other parts of the world.

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