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One Week in Portland, Two Marine Energy Conferences

OREC 2022 Web Banner September 14-15, 2022, Leftbank Annex, Portland, Oregon

Ocean Renewable Energy Conference 2022
Leadership. Experience. Solutions.

Welcome back to the Ocean Renewable Energy Conference. POET hosted OREC 2022 in Portland, Oregon, September 14-15, 2022. Consistent with previous years' conferences, OREC 2022 focused on a broad range of subjects describing the marine energy sector with opportunities to stay up to date on key developments in our sector such as testing infrastructure and Blue Economy opportunities.

UMERC + Marine Energy Technology Symposium 2022

The University Marine Energy Research Community (UMERC) and the Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS) jointly hosted UMERC+METS, a marine energy research conference in Portland, Oregon, on September 13-14, 2022. The conference was held in conjunction with the Ocean Renewable Energy Conference (OREC), which also provided an opportunity to meet with marine energy developers and stakeholders, as part of Ocean Energy Week 2022.

Ocean Renewable Energy Conference 2022


OREC 2022 at the Leftbank Annex in Portland, Oregon


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Agenda at a Glance

See below for OREC's run of show, or click a button to the right for an expanded agenda or list of confirmed speakers.

11:00 a.m. – Registration begins

12:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:30 p.m. – Welcome & Introduction

  • Video Welcome: U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
  • Introduction: Jason Busch, POET Executive Director

1:45 p.m. – Energy Issues Affecting the Marine Energy Landscape

  • Moderator – Shannon Souza, POET Policy Director
  • Mark Thompson, Commissioner, Oregon Public Utility Commission

3:00 p.m. – Networking Break

3:30 p.m. – Ocean-Based Climate Solutions

  • Moderator – Simon Geerlofs, Senior Advisor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

5:30 p.m. – Reception

Note: Program subject to change

Venue / Location

The Leftbank Annex


Consider booking at either of two nearby hotels (shown on map above): the Courtyard by Marriott and the Crowne Plaza. Use the links below or call the hotels directly to make your reservations.

Advice from the organizers: Book as soon as possible—this will be a busy week in Portland!

Courtyard by Marriott

(503) 234-3200

Crowne Plaza Downtown Portland

(503) 233-2401

UMERC+METS 2022 Conference



The University Marine Energy Research Community (UMERC) and the Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS) program will consist of poster presentations across two tracks punctuated with networking opportunities and plenary sessions to bring everyone together again.


Note: This agenda is subject to change, and will be updated regularly with the latest information.

Tuesday, September 13

8:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks



9:30 a.m. Session 1

Modeling: WECs, Turbines, Controls, and Debris

Powering the Blue Economy

11:00 a.m. Networking/Visit Posters

11:15 a.m. Plenary Session

Unlocking the power of ocean energy: The need for standardization, and transfer of data and technology – Maha Haji, Assistant Professor, Cornell University

11:45 a.m. Session 2

Materials and Modeling

Desalination and Innovative Marine Energy Harvest

1:15 p.m. Lunch

2:15 p.m. Session 3

Innovative Tools, LCOE, and Efficiencies for Marine Energy

Resource Assessment and Characterization

3:45 p.m. Networking/Visit Posters

4:00 p.m. Session 4

Software and Databases for Marine Energy

INORE Workshop

5:30 p.m. UMERC+METS Reception

Wednesday, September 14

8:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee

9:00 a.m. Session 5

Laboratory and Tank Testing


10:30 a.m.

Plenary Session: Community-Driven Marine Energy Design and Analysis

11:30 a.m. 

Poster Session

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Session 6

Open Water and Laboratory Testing

Social Sciences

3:00 p.m. Networking / Visit Posters

3:30 p.m. Session 7

Array Layout and Optimization

Novel WECs and Turbines

5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

5:30 p.m. OREC Reception

Thank you to our sponsors

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