OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Ocean Energy Conference to Review Progress, Needs

08/01/2007

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ocean energy experts from private industry, government agencies and academia will meet at Oregon State University on Friday, Aug. 10, to discuss the latest developments in the evolution of wave energy in Oregon.

The conference, “Ocean Renewable Energy II,” is sponsored by the Oregon Science and Technology Partnership and 13 other co-sponsors. It is the second of its type to bring together leaders in this field to review technological progress, analyze challenges and propose needed actions to move wave energy from a concept to working reality.

More than two dozen experts in renewable energy, regulatory processes, fisheries, economics, scientific research and other fields will participate in presentations or panel discussions. Information on the event, registration, speakers and topics can be obtained on the web at http://www.ostpartnership.org

The theme of the meeting will be “Making Ocean Renewable Energy Happen in Oregon,” and Diane Enright, assistant director of the Oregon Department of Energy, will present at overview of wave energy policy progress in Oregon.

A keynote address on “The Oregon Innovation Council and the Role of Ocean Renewable Energy” will be presented by David Chen, chair of the Oregon Innovation Council and partner in the Oregon Venture Partnership.

Other topics and events will include:

  • Community and local government perspectives
  • Tour of the Wallace Energy Systems and Renewables Facility at OSU
  • Tour of the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Lab and Tsunami Basin
  • Permitting and regulatory frameworks
  • Nationwide activities in ocean renewable energy
  • The federal legislative agenda
  • The Oregon Wave Energy Trust

The Oregon Science and Technology Partnership works to promote growth of the Oregon economy by building collaboration among regional businesses, investors, academic resources and government agencies. OSU is an academic leader in research and development of wave energy in the United States, and is working to position Oregon as a focal point for the future of this technology.