Energy ministers from the UK, Scotland and N. Ireland are all making keynote speeches at the Wave & Tidal conference, being held on February 26-27 in Belfast.
The Energy Ministers taking part in the conference are Greg Barker (DECC), Fergus Ewing, Scottish Energy Minister, and Arlene Foster MLA, Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment
As well as a major new product launch of its marine array planning tools by DNV-GL, the other major event will be the workshop on the Strategic Initiative for Ocean Energy (SI Ocean).
DNV GL, the renewables specialist consultancy, recently opened an enlarged Scottish office in Glasgow and is due to double staff numbers to 50 during this year.
The SI Ocean initiative is the primary ocean energy dialogue between the European Commission and the wave and tidal energy industry. It provides the opportunity to identify urgent funding and policy support requirements as well as the key steps the industry needs to take to mature.
SI Ocean is a collaborative project funded by the European Commission’s Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) program and the project team comprises a consortium of seven partners including the EU-OEA (project leader), the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, WavEC, Carbon Trust, University of Edinburgh, Danish Hydrological Institute (DHI) and Renewable UK.
Tidal Market Deployment Strategy
The final deliverable of the two-year SI Ocean project will be the industry-led Market Deployment Strategy, that provides tangible recommendations to accelerate large-scale deployment of wave and tidal energy technologies and projects – due to be presented to the EU Commission in April.
The Market Deployment Strategy (MDS) will be presented to key decision makers within the European Commission as well as Member State’s governments documenting how to overcome barriers currently experienced by these sectors.
The MDS provides the short, medium and long-term vision for the sector with recommendations focused on enabling policies, economic mechanisms, suitable technology support and simplified legislative structures to remove barriers.
The conference workshop will comprise of roundtable discussions, giving attendees the opportunity to add their thoughts and suggestions to the Market Deployment Strategy