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7th Ocean Energy Industry Forum 2016
Ocean Energy: Developments & Plans
February 12th, 2016 - Sponsored by Arthur Cox

Opening of Forum: Eamonn Confrey, Principal on behalf of the Minister for Energy, Communications and Natural Resources, Republic of Ireland
Chair: Peter Coyle, Chairman MRIA

Session 1: Further policy and support steps in ocean energy

Chair- Charlotte O'Kelly, CEO Techworks Marine

Session 2: Technology Progress
Chair: Dr Paul Brewster, Pure Marine

 5 Minute Snapshots:

 Session 3: MaREI a Centre of Excellence for Marine and Renewable Energy

Chair: Dr Tony Lewis, Emeritus Beaufort Professor, UCC and co-Principal Investigator, MaREI

5 Minute Snapshots:

Closing Remarks: Professor Tony Lewis

Connect with industry partners at OEE2015

 Ocean Energy Europe has leveraged its unrivalled network of senior industry figures to produce this year's programme. Take this opportunity to meet them and get the latest news on their projects!

    Rob Stevenson, President, Ocean Energy Europe and Vice-President Ocean Energy, Alstom Power

    Paul Mulvaney, Executive Director of Innovation, ESBI

    James Ives, CEO, OpenHydro

    Simon de Pietro, Managing Director, DP Energy

    Gerhard Jensen, CEO, Schottel Industries

    Tim Cornelius, CEO, Atlantis Resources

    Anders Jansson, Managing Director, Minesto

Connect with the industry in the busy exhibition
Get the most out of the event by planning your meetings in advance check out the floorplan to see who will be there.
The stands are nearly all sold so if you still want to be in with a chance of exhibiting, contact us now to reserve your space.

 National Conference Partner: ESB

 This event provides a fantastic opportunity for new collaborations as it brings together the leading experts and a diverse range of perspectives on ocean energy. Paul Mulvaney, Executive Director, ESB Innovation.

 ESB, Ireland's foremost energy company, is a vertically integrated energy utility, active in electricity generation, transmission and distribution as well as the supply of electricity, gas and energy services. ESB is a leading independent power generator in the UK market. The company has a regulated asset base of 8.8billion. With 4.3GW of electricity generation capacity, a 42% market share, including 800MW of renewable generation (wind, hydro and pumped storage), ESB holds the largest generation portfolio in the All-Island Market and, through Electric Ireland, holds a 37% supply market share, providing energy to 1.5m customers. Established in 1927, ESB operates through a portfolio of brands: ESB Networks, Electric Ireland, Northern Ireland Electricity and ESB International.

Back to Business: Getting down to work at OEE2015

The full conference programme is now available online, with new speaker confirmations being added daily. Speakers include senior industry and political figures, such as:
    Paul Mulvaney, Head of Innovation, ESBI
    James Ives, CEO, OpenHydro
    Erik Pelerin, Business Development Director, Alstom Ocean
The wide-ranging speaker line-up will cover the industry's latest projects and products, and address those topics which are crucial for the sector in 2015, including technology development, supply chain innovation, and the all-important issue of financing.  

MRIA 6th Ocean Energy Industry Forum 2015
Progress in Ocean Energy in Ireland'
February 6th, 2015 -Sponsored by IDA Ireland 


Opening Remarks Barry O'Dowd, IDA

Session 1    'Policy Progress'



Session 2    'Technology Progress'


Progress of Aquamarine Power- MARC MURRAY & KEN DOHERTY

 Galway Bay Test Site

Progress of Carnegie Wave- Kieran O'Brien

Port of Cork Readies for Ocean Energy- MICHAEL MCCARTHY, COMMERCIAL MANAGER

Progress of OpenHydro SUE BARR

5 Minute Snapshots of Progress:

Closing Remarks by Brian Motherway, CEO Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

MRIA 5th Ocean Energy Industry Forum 2014
'Policy and Technology Perspectives'

February 7th, 2014 - Sponsored by ESB


Session 1 'Policy Perspectives'
This session focused on Ocean Energy policy and prospects in a number of countries
Chair- Paul Brewster, Pure Marine Gen Ltd

Europe- Sian George, Chief Executive, EU Ocean Energy Association

Northern Ireland- Barbara Swann, Dept of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Northern Ireland

Canada- Elisa Obermann, Marine Renewables Canada

Scotland- Jan Reid, Scottish Enterprise

Republic of Ireland- Brian T Carroll, Dept of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Republic of Ireland

Session 2    'Technology Perspectives'
This session focused  on technology developments, institutions and initiatives in Ocean Energy
- Martin Mc Adam, CEO, Aquamarine Power Ltd

Progress of WestWave- Brendan Barry, ESB

Mc Laughlin & Harvey and Ocean Energy- Adam Holland

Progress of Pelamis-Richard Yemm, CEO, Pelamis

5 Minute Snapshots of Progress:

             Sound and Sea Ltd- Kate Fitzgerald

             MarEI- Conchur O Bradaigh

             Smartbay- John Breslin

              Jospa- Patrick Duffy

             Electrical Design of Wave and Tidal Devices- Ray Alcorn

             IMERC- Val Cummins

             GRS- Eoghan Quinn

             MEngSc- Paul Leahy

             Aquamarine Power- Marc Murray

              Open Hydro- Sue Barr

4th Annual Ocean Energy Industry Forum,
8th February 2013 sponsored by Green IFSC:

Opening Remarks by Fergus O'Dowd TD,Minister of State for Energy, Communications and Natural Resources, Republic of Ireland

Stephen Nolan, Executive Director, Green IFSC

Chair: Peter Coyle, Marine Renewables Industry Association

 Session 1     'Progress'
This session will focus on the progress made by industry recently on both projects and energy conversion devices

Chair: Dr Val Cummins, Director IMERC

 DP Marine Energy: 100MW tidal stream project off Fair Head, Co Antrim- Clodagh Mc Grath, DP Energy

Tidal Ventures: 100MW tidal project off Torr Head, Co Antrim- Sue Barr (Open Hydro), Bord Gais and Open Hydro

 Technology from Ideas – Progress on Mooring Tether Paul Mc Evoy

 Ocean Energy projects in partnership with the European Space Agency, Charlotte O' Kelly, Techworks Marine

 Carnegie Wave progress-Kieran O'Brien, Carnegie Wave

 New MEngSc in Marine Renewable Energy- Paul Leahy/Tanya Mulcahy, UCC

 Wave and tidal progress in the UK- Skye Holcombe Henley, Renewables UK

Session 2     '....and Reality'

This session focused on developments recently in policy, support and initiatives

 Opening Remarks by David Thomson, Deputy Permanent Secretary and Head of Policy Group,
                                    Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Northern Ireland

 Chair: David Thomson

How to create an ocean energy industry- Martin McAdam, Aquamarine Power

Utility perspective of cost and performance requirements-John Fitzgerald, ESBI

 Recent infrastructural developments in ocean energy-Tony Lewis, HMRC /Fiona Grant, Marine Institute

 Challenges in Financing Wave and Tidal-Barry O'Flynn, Ernst and Young

 Foreshore Bill- Lorraine O'Donoghue, Dept of Environment, Community and Local Government, Republic of Ireland

SEAI and marine renewables-Declan Meally, SEAI

Integrated Marine Plan for RoI “Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth”-Geoffrey O'Sullivan, Marine Institute

 Update on Marine Renewables Development Strategies:

 Ø Northern Ireland   Barbara Swann, Dept of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Northern Ireland

 Ø Republic of Ireland  Brian T Carroll, Dept of Communications, Energy and Resources, Republic of Ireland

Annual Ocean Energy Industry Forum, sponsored by Eirgrid: 10th February 2012

Opening Remarks by Pat Rabbitte TD, Minister for Energy, Communications and Natural Resources, Republic of Ireland
Michael Walsh, Director of Corporate Affairs and Strategy, Eirgrid
Chair: Peter Coyle, Marine Renewables Industry Association

 Session 1             How is the technology progressing?

Chair: Yvonne Shields, Chief Executive, Commissioners of Irish Lights
Nick Murphy - Open Hydro Ltd
John Keating - Ocean Energy Ltd
Noel Halloran - Technology from Ideas Ltd
Ben Wrafter - Seapower Ltd
Martin McAdam - Aquamarine Power Ltd
Jochem Weber - Wavebob Ltd
Kieran O'Brien - Carnegie Wave Ltd
Prof Tony Lewis - UCC

 Session 2             What is happening in background support and policy?

Chair: Cdre Dr Mark Mellett, Irish Naval Service
Mark Norton - Eirgrid
Prof Chris Bean and Prof Frederic Dias - UCD
Dr John Ringwood - NUIM, Dr Val Cummins - IMERC
Harvey Appelbe - Vattenfall /Tonn Energy
Cera Slevin - ESBI
George Burke - Dept of Environment, Community and Local Government
Barbara Swann - Dept of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Northern Ireland
Eoin Sweeney - SEAI

IMERC Conference Presentations are now available here:

MRIA Council visit McNulty Yard, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England to view an offshore substation under construction.

MRIA Council visit Ocean Energy device at Galway docks prior to deployment under CORES project.

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has published a Request for Proposals for a Tidal Energy Converter (TEC) System Demonstrator.

Details of the call can be found at and the press release at
The ETI will be holding a Project Briefing event on the 7th April at the IET in London. This will be followed by a RenewableUK hosted industry networking opportunity at the same venue. Interested parties can register for these events at

Next stage in The Crown Estate Northern Ireland Offshore Renewable Energy Leasing Round announced.

ESB International applies for Foreshore Investigation Licences for potential wave sites off the west coast of Ireland

Northern Ireland Offshore Renewable Energy Leasing Round Announced.
See also:

Invest NI's Offshore Renewables Business Opportunity and Supply Chain event held on Tuesday 8th March 2011 – Presentations are now available at

Wind and Tidal Turbine Simulation Course on 18th May 2011 at NMCI

Matheson Ormsby Prentice: Presentations from the Energy Seminar held on 24th March 2011:
Stephen Woodhouse, Pöyry
John McKiernan, ESB Novusmodus
Michael O'Connor, Matheson Ormsby Prentice

MRIA's Ocean Energy Industry Forum, 3rd February 2011

  • Agenda
  • Opening Remarks by John Mullins, CEO, Bord Gáis
  • Opening remarks by Eoin Sweeney, SEAI
  • Peter Coyle Chairman MRIA
  •       Session 1:

          Session 2:

    MRIA's Ocean Energy Industry Forum, 5th February 2010

    Forum 2010 presentations:

    Peter Coyle, Chairman MRIA

    Ocean Energy
    Open Hydro
    Aquamarine Power
    SSE Venture Capital
    TechWorks Marine
    Offshore Renewable Energy in Northern Ireland
    Ocean Energy Programme in Republic of Ireland

    Press Releases

    Ireland Loses Round One of Wave Energy Development Race to Rival Scotland

    MRIA "ESRI Paper fails to grasp potential contribution of Ocean Energy" - Press Release

    Bord Gáis Press Release on CEO's address to MRIA Forum 2011

    MRIA welcomes CER Decision on Small Generators


    Irish companies do well in latest WES awards

    RoI DCENR publishes first stage of tariff support consultation. New Scheme to be in operation by end of 2016

    See Renewable Electricity Support Scheme - Techynology Review Consultation

    SEAI publish Call for Proposals at AMETS test site

    New one-year taught Master's Programme in marine renewables for academic year 2013-14 combining expertise from Ireland's leading third-level institutions - further information shortly.

    Aquamarine Power receive consent for first array of Oyster devices – see

    Irish company, Ocean Energy Ltd, to deploy at Wave Hub in major deal. See Press Release

    UK announces new ROCs regime -

    The RLG final document and relating figures are now available on the DETI Energy website :

    Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne welcomed a £3 million marine renewable energy contract between Edinburgh-based wave energy developer Aquamarine Power and Falmouth-based marine drilling specialists Fugro Seacore.  To read the full story see

    Electricity Market Reform consultation in UK: All the key documents can be found at

    Aquamarine Power has closed a new £11m investment round led by ABB Technology Ventures, the VC arm of ABB:

    Draft Ocean Renewable Energy Development Plan and SEA published:

    Commercial Scale CETO Unveiled

    Aquamarine Power USA LLC, a subsidiary of wave energy company Aquamarine Power UK, has been awarded a matching grant by the Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET) to look at the potential for using wave energy to produce clean, sustainable electricity along Oregon's coastline:

    Wave energy developer Aquamarine Power has been awarded over £3 million from the Scottish Government to support the development of its next-generation Oyster wave energy device:

    Launch of Global Maritime Alliance

    Wave energy developer Aquamarine Power announces that it has successfully raised an additional £6 million of funding

    Irish and Swedish Companies join together in ocean energy investment

    Vattenfall announce major R&D initiative with Wavebob in new Tonn Energy Joint Venture

    SEI Commits €4.3 Million to Ocean Energy Development

    Launch of MRIA

    The Republic of Ireland's Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan, TD, inaugurated the MRIA at a function in Dublin on April 21st 2009. The Minister is pictured below (centre) with MRIA officers (l - r) Dr Ray Alcorn, Peter D. Coyle, Jim Galvin and John Keating.