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Join the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) at the 2021 International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) and experience this year’s ICOE from anywhere in the world!

Every two years, ICOE draws international experts from the marine energy sectors to highlight device innovation, new market developments, and regulatory frameworks helping to spur progress around the world. The 2021 conference, hosted by the National Hydropower Association and sponsored by DOE’s Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO), will be held virtually April 28-30, 2021, and the theme is “Energizing a Powerful Blue Economy.”

Representatives from WPTO and the DOE national laboratories will participate in ICOE sessions and host side events, such as the 2021 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition, over the course of the week. This page will be updated as information becomes available about these speaking engagements and side events. We hope to see you online at ICOE 2021.

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NHA ICOE 2021 Promo Video
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ICOE Registration

Visit the ICOE 2021 website to register. Special rates are available for students as well as staff from the DOE and national labs due to WPTO’s sponsorship.

ICOE 2021 coincides with the annual Waterpower Week event. Attendees registering for Waterpower Week 2021 at the NHA Member rate will also receive access to ICOE 2021 sessions.

DOE Booth

We miss networking as much as you do! Visit DOE’s virtual booth to meet staff from WPTO and the national labs and learn about our research priorities and funding opportunities. The booth will be staffed throughout the event, during scheduled networking breaks, so stop on by!

DOE Side Events

DOE and its national laboratories will host events that are open to the public during ICOE 2021.

Attend the 2021 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition Virtual Pitches

WPTO and NREL will host the 2021 MECC virtual pitches on April 26-27. Over the two-day event, the 16 teams will present their business pitches and detailed technology designs for their chosen markets, followed by the awards ceremony on April 29. From systems leveraging marine energy to power offshore aquaculture to wave-powered desalination systems to provide coastal communities with potable water, this year’s MECC submissions proved to impress! Catch a glimpse of the 2021 teams’ stories and visit the MECC website for information on how to watch the competition!

April 26-27, 2021: Join the 2021 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition virtual pitches on Day 1 and Day 2 to learn more about this year’s submissions.

April 29, 2021 at 5:30 PM EDT: Register for the awards ceremony today!

DOE Speaking Engagements

DOE and its national laboratories will participate in both on-demand and live sessions throughout ICOE 2021.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Time

Session

Speaker(s)

Affiliation(s)

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Opening Plenary – Commercialization on the Horizon: International Advancements in Marine Energy

David Turk, Deputy Secretary

 

Alejandro Moreno, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power
 

DOE

 

EERE

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Session 1I: Test Facilities and Programs

TEAMER Program Update and Announcement

 

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Session 1T: Grid Integration and Electrical Systems for Marine Energy

Yi-Hsiang Yu

NREL

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Session 2T: Innovation in Marine Energy Technologies

Jochem Weber
Nathan Tom
Blake Boren
Ryan Coe

NREL
NREL
NREL
SNL

5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Session 3I: Projects in the Water

Tim Ramsey (Moderator), Marine Energy Program Manager

WPTO

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Time

Session

Speaker(s)

Affiliation(s)

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

Session 4T: Numerical Modeling of Marine Energy Systems

Levi Kilcher

NREL

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Plenary – First Markets for Ocean Energy: Powering the Blue Economy

Jennifer Garson, Senior Advisor

WPTO

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Session 5T: Tidal, River, and Ocean Current Technology – Breakthroughs in Research and Development

Michael Lawson (Session Chair)

NREL

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Session 7T: Powering the Blue Economy: Technologies that Enable New End Uses

Andrea Copping (Session Chair)

Robert J. Cavagnaro

PNNL

 

PNNL

Friday, April 30, 2021

Time

Session

Speaker(s)

Affiliation(s)

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

Session 8I: Standards and Certification

Arielle Cardinal

Vincent S. Neary

NREL

SNL

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Session 9T: Environmental and Social Effects of Marine Energy

Mikaela C. Freeman

PNNL

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Plenary – Looking Forward: Next Generation of Marine Energy leaders, Future of Ocean Energy – Perspectives from Trade Organization CEOs and ICOE 2022

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