The Program 2019

New to OREC in 2019 we will be hosting a series of industry lead workshops that will focus on specific research needs. Attendance at the Workshops is included with registration.

8:00am – 10:00am: Retiring Risk for MRE Projects to Support Permitting

Environmental concerns continue to slow and complicate permitting, resulting in added costs to developers. If certain risks from interactions of MRE devices and marine animals could be put aside (or “retired”) for small developments, the most important risks and uncertain interactions could become the focus of studies and monitoring data collection.

This workshop will present a methodology and provide an example of retiring risk by assessing a key MRE-environmental interaction: effects of underwater noise from MRE devices.

If you plan to attend this workshop, consider preparing yourself with the materials you will find here:

Dr. Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Mikaela Freeman, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

10:00 am – 10:30 am: Networking Break

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Track A: Making MRE Data Accessible – the PRIMRE System

To advance the development of MRE, data and information should be easily accessible and suitable for sharing, while monitoring and analysis methods should be consistent. Currently, MRE information and data are scattered and not connected to one another. DOE WPTO created PRIMRE to address these issues by providing broad access to engineering, resource characterization, and environmental effects information in support of the MRE industry, as well as facilitating connections among databases and the MRE community. Improving access to information, data, and tools has the potential to accelerate MRE development by reducing duplication efforts and associated costs. This workshop will provide an overview of PRIMRE and the main knowledge hubs that are supported within PRIMRE: MHK DR, Tethys, and Tethys Engineering.

Andrea Copping & Lysel Garavelli, PNNL
Kelley Ruehl, Sandia
Rick Driscoll & Jon Weers, NREL

Track B: MHK Environmental Compliance Cost Assessment (ECCA)

Anna West and Zach Barr, Kearns & West
Sharon Kramer, H.T. Harvey & Associates
Jesse Roberts, Sandia National Laboratory
Craig Jones, Integral Consulting

Over the past three years, the project team has been interviewing regulators and developers; collecting qualitative and quantitative data from MHK projects across the U.S and generally from other energy resources (oil and gas, wind, etc.); analyzing quantitative information gathered from these interviews regarding the studies completed, costs incurred, and funding sources during the licensing and permitting process; and developing strategies and actions to help reduce permitting and licensing costs for MHK projects. The project team is excited to share the most recent analysis graphics that incorporates your feedback, the strategies and actions developed over the past year, and next steps for the project. Our hope is to facilitate a constructive discussion around the findings and strategies and actions developed.

12:30pm – 2:00pm: Opening Lunch – INORE Networking Session

The International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy (INORE) is an association of postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and other professionals at early stages of their careers, working in the fields of offshore wind, wave, tidal and ocean thermal energy conversion. 

The goal for this networking lunch session is for INORE participants to meet with professionals from different parts of the MHK/OSW sector. As you enjoy your lunch, we hope that you will make time to meet with the INOREans who will be roaming the room asking you about your role in the sector and what types of skills may be required for someone to work with you in the future (whether you’re hiring or not!!).

2:00pm – 2:15pm: Opening Remarks and Dr. George Boehlert Ocean Energy Research Excellence Awards

Jason Busch, Pacific Ocean Energy Trust
Rick Williams, Oregon Applied Research, LLC.

Afternoon Presentations: A look at Energy Issues Affecting the Marine Renewable Landscape

2:15pm – 2:45pm: Opening Speakers 

Paul Gay, SMI – U.S. Federal Government Support for Marine Energy Research, Development and Deployment
Joshua Binus – Bonneville Power Administration – A landscape of change: An exploration of key uncertainties challenging electric power industry planners

2:45pm – 4:00pm: Drivers for Renewables Procurement to 2030

Despite federal inactivity on climate change, states around the country are adopting aggressive measures to move their economies to low, or even zero, carbon sources. California, Oregon, and Washington are all moving in that direction, with Oregon recently adopting a “cap and invest” bill. Coal burning generation continues drop precipitously, batteries and solar go together like peanut butter and chocolate, and what was once derided as physically impossible, today becomes a laudable goal, as society progresses toward a fully renewable energy system. Transportation electrification, smart grids, behind the meter generation round out some of the major developments in the energy sector, setting the stage for a very different future. This panel will consider that future, and the role of marine renewables in that future.

Rebecca O’Neil, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Nicole Hughes,  Renewable Northwest
Adam Schultz, Oregon Department of Energy
Joshua Binus, Bonneville Power Administration

4:00pm – 4:15pm: Networking Break

4:15pm – 5:15pm: West Coast OSW Update and Report

During this hour long presentation, Jason Busch will provide a status report on the state of the offshore wind sector, including updates on east coast projects, floating technologies, and west coast activities in California and Oregon. Philipp Beiter will then provide a summary of a recently drafted report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on the costs of floating offshore wind in Oregon.

Jason Busch, Pacific Ocean Energy Trust
Philipp Beiter, NREL

5:15pm – 7:15pm: Conference Reception with Whisky Tasting & INORE Poster Session

8:30am – 10:00am: Department of Energy MHK Program Strategy

Hear from representatives from the Dept of Energy and national laboratories on the departments program strategies for MHK. Attendees will be encouraged to interact and discuss topics such as Powering the Blue Economy and MHK Grid applications. 

Rebecca O’Neill, PNNL
Tim Ramsey, US Department of Energy
Mike Lawson, NREL
Simon Geerlofs, PNNL

10:00am – 10:30am: Networking Break

10:30am – 12:00pm: Testing Coordination, Gaps and Opportunities

As marine energy grows and expands into new market segments, it becomes increasingly important for regional and sectoral collaboration to maximize the benefits associated with testing facilities, academic research and funding opportunities to ensure technology and project successes. This workshop will highlight case-studies of successful collaboration (strategic and opportunistic); provide a rapid overview of testing facilities and currently funded technology development; and focus on identification of new collaborative opportunities for testing, research and technology development.

Bryson Robertson, Oregon State University/Pacific Marine Energy Center
Brian Polagye, University of Washington/Pacific Marine Energy Center
Genevra Harker Klimes, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Pedro Lomonaco, Oregon State University/O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory
Jeremy Kasper, University of Alaska/Pacific Marine Energy Center
Pat Cross, University of Hawaii/Hawaii Natural Energy Institute

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Networking Lunch w/ Lunchtime Presentation

Clayton Hiles, Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery (PRIMED)

1:00pm – 2:15pm: Making the Most of PacWave

With financial support from the US DOE’s Water Power Technology Office, Oregon State University continues to develop the nation’s first grid connected, fully energetic testing and demonstration facility for wave energy technologies. Located off Newport, Oregon, the new test, called PacWave, will provide a new level of testing capability, providing a pre-permitted site to deploy full scale wave energy technologies that can connect to the local grid. This panel will explore how PacWave can be implemented in such a way as to maximize the value of the test site to the industry and to the region.

Justin Klure, Pacific Energy Ventures
Burke Hales, PacWave, Oregon State University
Bryson Robertson, PMEC, Oregon State University
Tim Ramsey, US Dept of Energy

2:15pm – 2:45pm: Networking Break

2:45pm – 5:15pm: MHK Commercialization: Multiple Market Opportunities and Pathways 

These panels highlight marine energy companies pursuing a diversity of approaches to achieve near-term commercial success. The panelists will describe their own pathways towards success and discuss opportunities and challenges associated with working across multiple scales, markets, and end users. 

Session 1

Tony Lewis, Ocean Energy Ltd.
Rod Blunk, Siemens
Ean Amon, Columbia Power Technologies
Tim Mundon, Oscilla Power

 Session 2

Walter Schurtenberger, Hydrokinetic Energy Corp.
Stefan Siegel, Atargis Energy
John Sninsky, Current Kinetics LLC