What kind of audience do you expect for this French version of ICOE?
For this 7th edition of ICOE, we are anticipating an audience with wide-ranging interests, including device developers, equipment manufacturers, supply chain companies, members of the finance, investment and insurance sectors, testing centre representatives, local and central government, utilities, the electricity distribution sector, environmental sector representatives, academics and students. We anticipate that there will be a good showing of French ocean energy interests at the conference, in addition to international delegations from key markets around the world.
What are the trends in terms of technology this year?
This past year has seen the continued development and deployment of wave and tidal energy devices, including one commercial and a number of near-commercial projects. Test centres have been critical in promoting deployments and a development of devices, whilst governments and the European Union have continues to provide funding and some regulatory support for ocean energy. The supply chain continues to grow, with companies innovating and transferring expertise from offshore sectors like oil and gas.
How will you organize the selection of the papers?
The ICOE Executive Committee will work with a 24-person technical committee to review abstracts offered, assign them to relevant sessions based on the five conference themes and work with authors to receive their completed manuscripts or posters. A standard template for manuscripts will be developed and accepted papers will be ‘published’ on the ICOE website.
What is your leitmotiv for this 2018 edition?
The five themes of the conference have been designed to provide a comprehensive and international range of topics, which will establish the current status of the international Marine energy industry as befits this 2-yearly international conference. All forms of ocean energy will be covered. We hope the exhibition, which will accompany the conference, will provide a good representation from industry participants.
Our aim is to accelerate ocean energy development by stimulating collaboration between the wide range of sectors interested the ocean energy, disseminating recent technical developments, generating business for participants and promoting the relevance and contribution of ocean energy to regional and national economic development.
We look forward to extending a warm welcome to you in Cherbourg for this 7th edition,
ICOE Executive Committee