PLOCAN hosted the 35th Executive Committee meeting of the IEA-OES (International Energy Agency – Ocean Energy System) from the 28th to the 30th of November 2018, in collaboration with the MARINERG-I project and the Local Authority for Energy of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria.
Ocean Energy Systems (OES), also known as the Technology Collaboration Programme on Ocean Energy Systems is an intergovernmental collaboration between countries, which operates under a framework established by the International Energy Agency in Paris.
The OES brings together countries to advance research, development and demonstration of conversion technologies to harness energy from all forms of ocean renewable resources, such as tides, waves, currents, temperature gradient (ocean thermal energy conversion and submarine geothermal energy) and salinity gradient for electricity generation, as well as for other uses, such as desalination, through international cooperation and information exchange. Presently, the OES has 25-member countries coming from all over the world, with a number of other observer countries in the process of joining. The Executive Committee (ExCo) is the decision-making body of the OES and meets twice a year to discuss its Work Programme and share information among members with the main objective of pushing forward the Ocean Energy industry.
In March 2017 PLOCAN was entitled of carrying on the assessment of barriers and opportunities of Ocean Energy in islands communities around the globe and Simone Memè presented the results of this activity during this ExCo meeting. The participants could also be informed of the MARINERG-I project, which aims to build up a European Consortium of research infrastructure active in the Ocean Energy industry.
Participants had the opportunity to visit PLOCAN’s infrastructure and get information on other ongoing and planned activities in the Blue Economy.