Thursday, 24 August 2017

Waving Hello to clean Energy

European authorities have set a target that 100 Gigawatts of energy must come from marine resources by 2050. Putting this in context, Ireland’s current entire electricity generation capacity is approximately 10 Gigawatts. Looking at new ways to deliver and accelerate ocean energy, the biennial 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference series will take place at University College Cork on 27 August through to 1 September 2017. Supported by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), the EWTEC 2017 Conference complements the activities of the SEAI which is helping to support Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

Over 4 days, more than 405 experts, entrepreneurs and research leaders from the world of wave and tidal energy will convene at University College Cork, City Hall and the SFI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI) in Ringaskiddy.

The conference organiser, Prof. Tony Lewis, affectionately known nationally and internationally as the ‘father of ocean energy’ secured the event for Cork to showcase the exceptional infrastructure, research and commercial development in Ireland for wave and tidal energy to international researchers, entrepreneurs and companies.

“Ireland imports over 85% of our energy. We need to develop our indigenous energy so that we have security of supply, but also to exploit the incredible market opportunity presented by the 100 Gigawatt target. With our outstanding infrastructure, research capabilities and abundant supply of wild ocean around Ireland, we are ideally positioned to become a global market leader in wave and tidal energy as well as a provider of ocean energy technology and solutions,” said Prof. Tony Lewis, Emeritus Beaufort Professor, organiser of EWTEC 2017 and Prinicipal Investigator at MaREI.

“Creating jobs, providing clean energy, protecting our environment and harnessing the blue economy are all reasons why ocean energy is important for Ireland and globally. EWTEC 2017 gives leading industry players, such as OpenHydro, Ocean Energy, SeaPower as well as SMEs like Blue Power Energy, Benson Engineering, PureMarineGen, Limerick Wave and Tidal Flyer amongst others, the opportunity to network with leading researchers, academics, innovators and investors in the sector. It’s a hugely valuable event and we are delighted to host the event here in Cork at UCC.”

Speaking at the launch of EWTEC 2017 in Cork, SEAI’s Head of Emerging Sectors, Declan Meally said, “The emerging ocean energy sector offers great opportunities in the move to clean energy and SEAI is driving its development in Ireland. This includes funding the development of exciting new technologies to harness ocean energy and establishing our test facilities and supply chains to support the sector. In any new sector collaboration is key. Facilitating this, the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference is a great opportunity for SEAI to support the important exchange of ideas and evidence across countries, and drive innovation in this fast moving sector.”

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