ST Conference PreviewEnergyOcean International 2012
EnergyOcean International 2012 will be held June 19 to 21 in Boston, Massachusetts. Now in its ninth year, the conference is expected to bring together more than 500 offshore renewable energy industry professionals from around the world.
The show is designed for energy producers, utility companies, government officials, policymakers, investment firms, project developers, component and systems manufacturers, scientists, researchers, and academic and educational organizations.
EnergyOcean is supported by renewable energy organizations, including the American Council on Renewable Energy, the Ocean Energy Council and the Ocean Renewable Energy Group, organizers said. The conference also features extensive government participation.
EnergyOcean International consists of a technical conference program developed and led by industry members and an exhibition with more than 60 companies. Last year’s exhibition floor sold out more than three months in advance of the event, prompting organizers to expand the available space. Networking opportunities and informal meeting opportunities will be large components of this year’s event, according to organizers.
The conference will address technological advances, investment opportunities, regulatory issues, prominent case studies, industry updates, and planned and implemented projects throughout the world.
Advisory Committee and Technical Program
EnergyOcean International’s Advisory Committee, which is made up of industry representatives, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, nongovernmental organizations and academia, is responsible for developing the content of the conference.
The conference’s technical program features an extensive list of speakers and panelists. This year’s keynote speaker will be Tommy P. Beaudreau, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
On the topic of offshore renewable energy around the globe, Chi-Ming Lai of the Department of Civil Engineering at National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan will speak about offshore wind energy in the Eastern Coast of Taiwan; Elisa Obermann, the Atlantic director of the Ocean Renewable Energy Group (Halifax, Canada), will discuss building Canada’s marine renewable energy technology industry; and Margaret M. Welsh and Michael Stein of Stein McEwen LLP will speak about intellectual property issues for new ocean energy technologies.
Discussing advances in wave and tidal energy projects, Tim Mundon, senior engineer at Kleinschmidt Associates (Pittsfield, Maine), will moderate a panel of speakers that will include Peter Arnold of the Maine Energy Investment Corp. (Brunswick, Maine), James Churchill of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Dot Kelly of Shearwater Design Inc. (Phippsburg, Maine), Johanna Szillery of S.W. Cole Engineering Inc. (Hermon, Maine), Gayle Zydlewski of the University of Maine, Glen Marquis of the Ocean Renewable Power Co. (Portland, Maine), and James Anderson and Richard Evans of Gurit (USA) Inc. (Bristol, Rhode Island).
Speakers who will discuss the role of testing and standards for the industry will include Dr. Jamie Grimwade of Narec National Renewable Energy Centre Ltd. (Northumberland, England); Martin Wosnik of the University of New Hampshire; John Miller of the New England Marine Renewable Energy Center; Neil Rondorf of SAIC (McLean, Virginia); Trevor Peterson, Kristen Watrous and Sarah Boyden of Stantec Inc. (Edmonton, Canada); and Dr. David Schlezinger, Roland Samimy and Brian Howes of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Other confirmed session topics include: finance and permitting; interacting with regulators and stakeholders, for example, in the Muskeget Channel project case study; project constructibility and installation; federal, regional and state updates on ocean energy projects, permitting, funding sources and initiatives to promote renewables; lessons learned from Europe; business opportunities overseas for offshore renewable energy; markets for renewable energy; spotlight on the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center; international spotlight on French marine energy; and marine spatial planning.
Additional topics to be covered at the conference include offshore wind projects; ocean thermal energy conversion projects; wave and tidal technologies and projects; policies; federal and state regulatory perspectives; testing and demonstration facilities; and baseline environmental studies.
For more information, visit www.energyocean.com.
The following list of exhibitors was updated at press time: