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OEE2021 – Net-zero powered by the ocean

 

Building back better means investing now to secure a zero-carbon future. This year’s conference programme looks at how ocean energy technologies will help us reach this goal, and what is needed to get there. Revenue support and affordable finance are at the very top of the list, and the OEE2021 programme will highlight how the current offshore strategy can support the sector in securing these.

 

The ocean energy sector’s mission is clear: deploy, deploy, deploy! The conference will feature the latest deployments and the projects that are in the pipeline. It will show how, as an indigenous resource, ocean energy is creating a resilient industry, quality jobs and an extensive supply chain across Europe and beyond.

 

All time are shown in CET time zone.

Sunday 05/12/2021

OEE2021 5K Run
| Side Event

OEE2021 5K Run

Catch up with your ocean energy colleagues while seeing the Brussels sights and getting your heart rate up!

Join us on the eve of OEE2021 for a run throughout Brussels, the heart of Europe. The route will begin and end at the EGG, the OEE2021 venue. The route will take you through Brussels’ historic medieval centre and go through parts of Brussels that tourists usually never see.

 

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Monday 06/12/2021

Flagship projects: Watts in the Water
| Auditorium

Flagship projects: Watts in the Water

A firm favourite every year, the session will present the most exciting projects to hit the water in 2021, whether because of technology excellence, sheer size, macroeconomic benefits or new markets.

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Kadri Simson - European Commissioner for Energy
| Keynote

Kadri Simson - European Commissioner for Energy

Kadri Simson is an Estonian politician from the Centre Party, European Commissioner for Energy in the von der Leyen Commission since 1 December 2019. She was previously Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications in Jüri Ratas’ first cabinet from 2016 to 2019.

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Target 2025: Delivering on the offshore strategy
| Auditorium

Target 2025: Delivering on the offshore strategy

The European Offshore Strategy has a clear short-term objective for ocean energy: 100MW by 2025. The industry has made clear that this target is achievable … if the right framework is in place. This session assembles political, governmental and industry leaders to articulate how that framework should look.

 

Chair: Sue Barr, Chair UK Marine Energy Council

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Speakers:

  • Patrik Möller

    CEO | CorPower Ocean

  • Joachim Balke

    Head of Unit Infrastructure & Regional Cooperation, DG ENER | European Commission

  • Diego Pavia

    CEO | InnoEnergy

  • Olatz Ajuria

    Atlantic Action Plan Marine Renewable Energy Pillar Coordinator | EVE – Basque Energy Agency

  • Davide Magagna

    Energy and Ecological Transition Expert | Ministry for the Ecological Transition

The race to 2025: path to 100 MW
| Auditorium

The race to 2025: path to 100 MW

This session will provide a glimpse into the future of ocean energy in Europe. OEE will open the scene with key findings from the ‘Target 2025’ ocean energy project pipeline analysis and leading developers will present their upcoming demonstration projects.

 

Chair: Matthijs Soede, Project Officer, DG RTD, European Commission

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Speakers:

  • Rémi Collombet

    Senior Policy Officer | Ocean Energy Europe

  • Drew Baxland

    Director of Turbine and Engineering Services | SIMEC Atlantis Energy/Normandie Hydrolienne

  • Martin Edlund

    CEO | Minesto

  • Sam Roch-Perks

    Managing Director | Simply Blue Group

Made in Europe: The ocean energy supply chain
| Auditorium

Made in Europe: The ocean energy supply chain

Existing ocean energy projects are based on a mostly European supply chain, reaching from coastal regions to landlocked countries. This session will explore the supply chain opportunities that ocean energy creates. The session will also launch the forthcoming ETIP Ocean publication on the socioeconomic impact of ocean energy.

 

Chair: Lukasz Kolinski, Head of Unit for Renewables & System Integration Policy
European Commission

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Speakers:

  • Henry Jeffrey

    Head of Policy and Innovation Group | University of Edinburgh

  • Michael Baumann

    Business Development Manager Growth Industries | SKF

  • Jose Ignacio Hormaeche

    General Manager | Basque Energy Cluster

Building a brand: How to tell your story to attract investment
| Aquarium

Building a brand: How to tell your story to attract investment

Join some of the industry’s communications and marketing experts and learn how to brand your company to attract finance/investment. Do’s and don’ts, where to invest your time (and money!) in comms and how to make the best case for your company.

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Technology showcase: Wave energy
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Technology showcase: Wave energy

A range of developers will present their WECs (Wave Energy Converters) and give an insight into their plans for deployment and testing. Several devices have been installed over the past year, and this session will be an opportunity to hear about these projects and how WECs are being made more robust and more cost-efficient.

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Speakers:

  • Cameron McNatt

    Co-founder | Mocean Energy

  • Geir Arne Solheim

    CEO | Havkraft

  • Graham Foster

    CTO | Marine Power Systems

  • Sarah Thomas

    Head of R&D | Floating Power Plant (FPP)

Technology showcase: OTEC/SWAC
| Aquarium

Technology showcase: OTEC/SWAC

This technology showcase will feature several of the world’s leading developers of OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion) and SWAC (Sea Water Air Conditioning). Find out about how these innovative technologies have a massive potential to provide power and heating/cooling, and what the latest advances are in the field.

 

Chair: Ana Brito e Melo, Executive Secretary, WavEC Offshore Renewables

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Speakers:

  • Fiona Buckley

    Senior Expert and Project Manager | ENGIE

  • Dan Grech

    CEO | Global OTEC

OEE2021 Conference Dinner
| Side Event

OEE2021 Conference Dinner

Join us for drinks and an informal dinner in this wonderful Halles Saint Géry, built in the characteristic Flemish neorenaissance style. Network with your peers and colleagues, catch-up with old friends and make new connections!

 

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Tuesday 07/12/2021

Getting to the FUND-amentals: Meet the Funders
| Auditorium

Getting to the FUND-amentals: Meet the Funders

European support opportunities for ocean energy have never been greater. This is your chance to sit down face-to-face with European funders, to better understand the possibilities now and into 2022.

 

Chair: Donagh Cagney, Policy Director, Ocean Energy Europe

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Speakers:

  • Chrysafis Argyros

    Project Advisor | The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)

  • Gabriela Mara

    Project Officer | The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)

  • Endika Aldaiturriaga

    Project Technician | EVE – Basque Energy Agency

  • Francesca Harris

    Project Manager | The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)

  • Mathieu Mori

    Programme Director | Interreg North West Europe

Blade design: On the cutting edge
| Aquarium

Blade design: On the cutting edge

The blades of a tidal turbine determine how much energy is captured from the tides. Different solutions for blade design are under development, all with one goal: to maximise seaworthiness, yield and efficiency while reducing costs and the risk of failure. But does one design fit all? Leading tidal developers discuss/debate the different approaches for blade design in terms of materials, shape, pitching and non-pitching.

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Virginijus Sinkevičius - European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries
| Keynote

Virginijus Sinkevičius - European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

Virginijus Sinkevičius has held the position of the European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, since December 2019. Before taking up this post, he was Minister of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania and a Member of the Lithuanian Seimas (Parliament).

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Calculated risks
| Aquarium

Calculated risks

Ocean energy developers are in the business of risk. Higher risks invariably come with higher costs, but there are ways and means of dramatically reducing risk – sometimes in a very short space of time. This session looks at the financial, operational and investment strategies that can all reduce risk in pilot farms and attract private investors.

 

Chair: Donagh Cagney, Policy Director, Ocean Energy Europe

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Speakers:

  • Jason Hayman

    CEO | Sustainable Marine

  • Michael Bullock

    Director | Renewable Risk Advisers

  • Sarah Thomas

    Project Manager, Uisce Tapa | DP Energy

  • Andrew Smith

    Founder | Deja Blue

Balancing the energy system with ocean energy
| Auditorium

Balancing the energy system with ocean energy

It is now well understood that tidal and wave energy’s core added value is their flexibility. However, saying these technologies bring ‘value to the grid’ is not enough. This session will go beyond the slogans and showcase studies and real-world cases to demonstrate how ocean energy technologies can help balance the electricity grid.

 

Chair: Roland Roesch, Deputy Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Center (IITC), IRENA

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Speakers:

  • Shona Pennock

    Research Associate | University of Edinburgh

  • Helma Maria Trondheim

    Industrial PhD Student | SEV

  • Marcelle Askew

    VP business Development | Seabased

Under the sea: Monitoring the marine environment
| Auditorium

Under the sea: Monitoring the marine environment

Every project that installs ocean energy devices in real-sea conditions includes monitoring of potential environmental impacts. To date, impacts of single devices have been negligible. As the sector progresses towards pilot farms, developers are making sure that no harm is caused to the marine environment. In this session, speakers will reveal what’s going on under the water at the first tidal stream pilot farms and full-scale wave deployments.

 

Chair: Xavier Guillou, Team Leader, European Commission

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Speakers:

  • Peter Thomson

    UN Special Envoy for the Ocean | United Nations

  • Carol Sparling

    Director | Sea Mammal Research Unit

Technology showcase: Tidal stream
| Auditorium

Technology showcase: Tidal stream

Our annual tidal energy showcase will once again shine a light on the latest developments in tidal stream technology. Developers will present their newest projects, and share the advances they have made when it comes to device design, materials and cost reduction.

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OEE Members Only - Future horizons
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OEE Members Only - Future horizons

Join OEE membership for an evening of sharing knowledge, connecting and catching up! This members-only event will give membership an opportunity to hear all about the Horizon Europe funding programme, hear from successful (and not!) grant applicants and re-connect with the OEE secretariat.

 

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