ST Conference PreviewGlobal Marine Renewable Energy Conference
The seventh Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference (GMREC) is slated for April 15 to 18, 2014 at the Red Lion Inn in Seattle, Washington.
GMREC VII is co-located with the Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS) for the second year running. In 2013, METS brought 40 peer-reviewed papers. This year, there have been nearly 80 abstracts received for METS.
Abstracts for 2014 are available on the website at www.globalmarinerenewable.com/mets.
This year's conference brings together representatives from the International Energy Agency's Ocean Energy Systems Implementing Agreement (OES-IA), the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. National Laboratories, and chief executives of marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) renewable energy companies throughout the world.
Last year's conference was kicked off with keynote presentations from Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Senator Angus King (I-Maine). The senators inspired standing ovations from the 2013 GMREC contingent.
The conference, which focuses on policy and commerce, attracted participants from more than 20 countries, bringing together the policy, regulatory, technology and business leaders that are forging this emerging industry.
New to this year's conference is an additional half day on Friday, April 18, to accommodate the many technical papers received for METS.
Conference Agenda, And Topics
Updates on the International Electrotechnical Commission's Technical Committee 114 (IEC/TC-114) will be headed by International Chair Neil Rondorf of Leidos Inc. (Reston, Virginia). Rondorf will be joined by Bill Staby, who is chair of the U.S. delegation to the IEC, U.S. Technical Advisory Groups technical adviser and CEO of Resolute Marine Energy (Boston, Massachusetts). Jonathan Colby of Verdant Power (New York, New York) will brief participants on the IEC's certification process.
The first GMREC, held in New York City in 2008, set the stage for continued federal funding in the U.S. for ocean renewable energy.
This year's GMREC VII will include updates on deployed projects, lessons learned from deployments, and other marine-based industries, including offshore wind, marine architecture, offshore safety and construction, metals fabrication and supply chain requirements.
For registration and more information on the conference, visit www.globalmarinerenewable.com.