José Luis Villate, former chairman of OES (2013-2016) and Offshore Renewable Energy Director at Tecnalia (Spain) describes the first theme of the Call For Papers: Technology & Challenges
*Could you briefly explain what’s the purpose of this theme?
Technologies to harness ocean energy are not mature enough with intrinsic technical challenges, such as reliability and survivability, connected to the harsh ocean environment and leading to high costs of energy in comparison to other sources. ICOE2018 includes a specific theme to deal with those challenges with the main purpose of sharing experiences and learning from them. Sessions about this theme will include key speakers bringing valuable know-how from demonstration and pilot projects in real environments. There will also be room for more theoretical approaches in poster sessions.
*What are the challenges?
Any engineering and integrated solution contributing to reduce costs and in general meet the needs of the sector is welcome under this theme, with a preference for those solutions validated in sea conditions. Array/farm approaches will be an added value including technology innovations on mooring, foundations, installation, operation, maintenance or electrical connections. The use of new materials and its impact on cost reduction and reliability improvement will also be of particular interest.
*What are your expectations?
I hope that sharing knowledge and experiences from real sea projects will help technology developers to avoid relearning via repeating mistakes. I really believe that the exchange of this type of information will help to develop cost-competitive technologies and consequently to accelerate market penetration of ocean energy.
Don’t miss this opportunity attending ICOE2018, see you in Cherbourg!
Jose Luis Villate