Ocean Energy Europe 2015 Conference Programme

Every year, Ocean Energy Europe leverages its second-to-none industrial and political networks to produce a programme of the highest calibre. High-level representatives will discuss the latest developments political, technological and financial in the sector.

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 Pre-conference: Monday 19 October 

14:00 - 17:30                   Horizon 2020 Brokerage Event

To support its members in obtaining finance from the next EU Horizon 2020 calls, Ocean Energy Europe will organise a brokerage event to foster new project ideas and build project consortia.

Ocean Energy Europe members are invited to submit project ideas in advance. During the brokerage event, project proposers will have the chance to present their ideas and discuss them further during group meetings with potential partners.

This event is open to Ocean Energy Europe members only and you must pre-register. For more information, click here.

18:30 - 20:00                   Cocktail Reception at French Embassy

In conjunction with Business France, Ocean Energy Europe would like to invite its members to join them at a networking cocktail being held at the French Ambassador's Residence. This event will provide a unique opportunity for OEE members and French companies to meet one another in an elegant setting.

This event is open to Ocean Energy Europe members only and you must pre-register. Registration is now closed.

A shuttle bus will leave from Croke Park at 17:30 for registered guests only. Please bring photo ID with you to the residence for security purposes. 



Day 1: Tuesday 20 October

08:00 - 08:45                  Registration & Coffee Reception

08:45 - 09:10                  Welcome Addresses

Introduction Rémi Gruet, CEO, Ocean Energy Europe
Keynote Brian Carroll, Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources
Introductory Remarks                            Marie Donnelly, Director of New and Renewable Energy Sources, Energy Efficiency and Innovation, European Commission

09:10 - 10:30                  Flagship Projects: Maintaining Momentum in the EU 

The sector’s momentum towards commercialisation continues to build as it finds creative solutions to the financial and technological hurdles it faces. In this session, the sector’s flagship project developers discuss what has worked, what hasn’t, and their take on the best way forward.

Chair Paul O'Brien, Head of Ocean Energy, Scottish Development International
Panel             James Ives, CEO, OpenHydro
  Tim Cornelius, CEO, Atlantis Resources
  Brendan Barry, Emerging Energy Technologies Manager, ESB
  Paul Verhoef, Head of RES Unit, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
  Barry Carruthers, Strategic Innovation Manager, Scottish Power Renewables

10:30 - 11:15                  Coffee break in the Exhibition Area

11.15 – 12.30                 Export Markets: Doing Business Outside the EU

European technologies are clear world leaders in the race to commercialise ocean energy, yet some of the most lucrative resources and markets will be further afield. This session takes a closer look at the business environments, labour markets and public support options available in such countries, as well as the trailblazing projects under development there.

Chair Jose Luis Villate, Marine Energy Area Director, Tecnalia & Chairman, IEA-OES
Panel           Niels Lange, Managing Director, Schottel Hydro
  Damian Kunko, Vice President, SMI/Helios Strategies
  Ned Minns, Senior Engineer, IT Power 
  Hongda Shi, Dean, College of Engineering, Ocean University of China

12:30 - 13:30                  Networking Lunch in the Exhibition Area

12:30 – 13:30                   Drinks Reception in the Exhibition

West Normandy Marine Energy (WNME) would like to invite all delegates to a lunchtime wine reception at their stand (no. 3a).

13.30 – 15.30                 High Level Ministerial Summit

All emerging industries require strong political support to get off the ground – the ocean energy industry will be no different. Decision makers must provide stable and consistent support to secure the economic rewards that come to first movers.
Following the morning’s Ministerial meeting to discuss the Ocean Energy Forum roadmap, key EU energy ministers take the stage to outline their strategy for commercialising the ocean energy industry and how that strategy aligns with that of their European partners.

Chair Rob Stevenson, President, Ocean Energy Europe
Address Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
Ministerial speeches       Alex White, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Ireland
  Ségolène Royal, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France
  Fergus Ewing, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, Scotland
  Valérie Nouvel, Vice-President of the Region of Basse-Normandie, France
Industry response Thierry Kalanquin, Senior Vice President, DCNS
  Simon de Pietro, Managing Director, DP Energy
  Denis Lohest, Senior Vice President, Business Development for Renewable Energies Europe, Engie 

15:30 - 16:00                  Coffee break in the Exhibition Area

16:00 - 16:15                  Keynote Speech 

Keynote               Bart Tommelein, Secretary of State for the North Sea, Belgium


16.15 – 17.30                 Cost reduction: A supply chain story

Deploying arrays and achieving scale will kick-starting virtuous circles of cost reduction, access to finance and bigger project pipelines. At this stage of development, collaboration all along the value chain is needed to access support and solve problems. This session looks at some of the technologies and products which will be needed to risk reduction and, ultimately, LCOE reductions in ocean energy projects. Our panel of experts will then focus their minds on an optimal strategy for supply chain development: identifying barriers to progress, opportunities for innovation and collaboration, and their own strategy for taking the sector forward.

Chair Simon Cheeseman, Wave and Tidal Specialist, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
Panel Alex Alliston, Commercial Manager - Ocean Energy, Alstom Ocean
  Henry Jeffrey, Senior Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, DT Ocean
  Matt Hodson, Business Development Manager, Mojo Maritime
  Paul Scheller, Director, Bauer Renewables
  Jeremy Smith, Managing Director, QED Naval

17:30 - 18:30                  Drinks Reception in the Exhibition Area

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI, Stand 2) and Scottish Development International (SDI, Stand 1) would like to welcome all delegates to their stands for a drinks reception, featuring a range of Irish and Scottish products. Take some time at the end of the conference day to meet the exhibitors mingle and with other delegates.



19:30 - 22:30                  Gala Networking Dinner - Dublin Castle

The Gala Dinner will be held in a stunning set of rooms inside the State Apartments of Dublin Castle. Located in the heart of Dublin, this prestigious venue was first constructed in the 13th century and has played a key role in Irish history ever since.

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Day 2: Wednesday 21 October

08:30 - 09:00                  Coffee Reception

09:00 - 09:15                  Keynote Speech

Keynote Brian Motherway, CEO, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)

09.15 – 10.30                 Wave Energy: Proving tech on the high seas

After a difficult end to last year, 2015 has seen the wave energy industry rethink, regroup and advance strongly. This session assesses the wave industries progress, the political initiatives which are driving it, and looks forward to the major projects which lie on the horizon from some of its biggest players.

Chair Peter Coyle, Chairman, Marine Renewables Industry Association (MRIA)
Panel Mikko Huumo, Manager of Growth Projects, Fortum
  Graham Foster, Chairman and Technical Director, Marine Power Systems
  Tim Sawyer, CEO, Carnegie UK
  Tim Hurst, Managing Director, Wave Energy Scotland
  Stijn Billiet, Policy Officer, DG MARE, European Commission

10:30 - 11:00                  Coffee break in the Exhibition Area

11.00 – 12.30                 Finance - Getting the balance right

In the short term, the ocean energy sector must continue to find creative solutions to apportioning risk in the fairest way. Despite the considerable revenue based support on offer, upfront finance is proving to be the major hurdle. Further flexibility is needed in support design to ensure it is fit for purpose. The burden of risk needs to be apportioned in a fair and sustainable way amongst stakeholders. In this session, the industry’s thought leaders discuss these burning financial issues, and more…

Chair Rémi Gruet, CEO, Ocean Energy Europe
Panel         Andrew Smith, Head of Renewable Energy Investment Fund, Scottish Investment Bank
  Tim Cornelius, CEO, Atlantis Resources
  Erick Pelerin, Business Development Director, Alstom Ocean
  Simon de Pietro, Managing Director, DP Energy

12:30 - 13:30                  Networking Lunch in the Exhibition Area

13.30 – 14.45                 Public Funding for Ocean Energy: Breaking Through to the Mainstream

Support at EU and national level will be central to getting ocean energy over the line and into the marketplace. In this session, a panel of public finance experts discuss some of the funds on offer, the strategies behind their conception and how closely they have succeeded in aligning with the needs of the industry.

Chair Jacopo Moccia, Policy & Operations Director, Ocean Energy Europe
Panel         Roland Schulze, Managerial Adviser - Low Carbon Energy Technology, European Investment Bank
  Trevor Raggatt, Head of Small Scale and Emerging Renewables, Department for Energy and Climate Change, UK
  Kerstin Lichtenvort, Policy Officer, DG CLIMA, European Commission
  Bernie Comey, Assistant Principal Officer, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Ireland
 Industry Response John Liljelund, CEO, AW-Energy
  Christina Rodriguez, Project Manager, Wave Energy, Abengoa Seapower

14:45 - 15:15                 Coffee break in the Exhibition

15.15 – 16.30                 Starting Small: the Road to Market for Smaller Devices

While a good deal of attention is often placed on ~1MW devices in both wave and tidal energy, the case for starting small and achieving high production volumes earlier in the development cycle is  growing more and more robust. However, this route to market comes with its own challenges, with differentiated optimal solutions. This session explores will explore these challenges, solutions, and the business case for smaller wave and tidal energy convertors.

Chair Oliver Wragg, Commercial Director, EMEC
Panel        Anders Jansson, Managing Director, Minesto
  David Campbell, CTO, Albatern
  Katrina Hendry, Business Manager, Nova Innovation
  Jochen Weilepp, Strategy Advisor, Sustainable Marine Energy
  Allard van Hoeken, Head of New Energy, Bluewater 



Thursday 22 October - Post Conference Technical Visit

09.30 – 15.00                 Site Visit to OpenHydro Technical Centre, Greenore, Co. Louth 

OpenHydro invites delegates of OEE on a complimentary tour of our Technical Centre in Greenore. Transport and Lunch will be provided.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. For more details and to sign up, click here.

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