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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.

Monday 06/12/2021

Flagship projects: Watts in the Water
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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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Target 2025: Delivering on the offshore strategy
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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.

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The race to 2025: path to 100 MW
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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.

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Made in Europe: The ocean energy supply chain
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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.

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Building a brand: How to tell your story to attract investment
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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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Technology showcase: OTEC/SWAC
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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.

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Tuesday 07/12/2021

Getting to the FUND-amentals: Meet the Funders
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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.

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Keeping the blades turning
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Keeping the blades turning

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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Balancing the energy system with ocean energy
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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.

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Calculated risks
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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.

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Under the sea: Monitoring the marine environment
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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.

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Technology showcase: Tidal stream
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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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