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2020 Marine Renewable Energy Conference: On and Off the Grid Agenda

Below is the latest agenda for On and Off the Grid, the third annual Marine Renewable Energy Conference at UMass Dartmouth. Additional speakers to be announced in the days ahead. Click here to register for the November 12 event!


2020 Marine Renewable Energy Conference: On and Off the Grid

November 12, 2012 12 - 5 p.m.

Welcome: UMass Dartmouth Acting Chancellor Mark Preble

Alejandro Moreno headshot

The Conference Keynote will feature Alejandro Moreno, Director of the Waterpower Technology Office, U.S. Department of Energy.

Keynote - 12:10 - 12:25 p.m.

Alejandro Moreno is the Director for the Water Power Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In this role, he manages efforts to develop and commercialize innovative technologies and market solutions for clean, domestic power generation from hydropower and marine energy resources across the United States.

Working with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s national laboratories, academia, and industry, the program funds research, development, and deployment of water power systems through competitively selected, cost-shared projects with businesses, federal, state, and other stakeholder groups. Between his stints at DOE, he served in the energy groups of the World Bank and International Finance Corporation, where he designed and led regulatory reform programs to spur investment in clean energy and rural electrification.

Mr. Moreno holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree in economics and energy policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

The Social and Environmental Impacts panel, moderated by Megan Amsler, Executive Director, Cape & Islands Self-Reliance, will look at the economic impacts, workforce regulations, and environmental issues related to marine renewable energy.

Panel 1 - 12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

Panelists include:

  • Alan Lowdon, Director Strategic Development, Bristol Community College’s National Offshore Wind Institute
  • Captain Michael Burns, Director of Center for Maritime and Professional Training, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Kevin Stokesbury, Professor of Fisheries Oceanography, UMass Dartmouth
  • Andrea Copping, Senior Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The Policy and Innovation Drivers Shaping the Market for Marine Renewable Energy panel, moderated by Leslie-Ann McGee, Assistant Director of the Consortium for Marine Robotics at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Program Manager, Cape Cod Blue Economy Foundation, will delve into government policies incentivizing technological advances, collaborative models for technology development, market trends, and permitting hurdles.

Panel 2 - 1:20 - 2:20 p.m.

Panelists include:

  • Jennifer Garson, Senior Advisor, U.S. Dept. of Energy; Lead for the Powering the Blue Economy Initiative
  • Henry Jeffrey, Chairman of the Technology Collaboration Programme for Ocean Energy Systems, University of Edinburgh
  • Alf Carroll, SBIR Blackbelt and Ocean Energy SME, Raytheon Technologies
  • Walter Schurtenberger, Founder, Hydrokinetic Energy Corp.
  • Dale “Scott” Jenne, Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The In Situ Renewable Energy Utilization panel, moderated by Rhonda Moniz, President, Marine and Oceanographic Technology Network, will highlight concrete examples of marine renewable energy technologies that are designed to enable the growth and electrification of traditional and emerging blue economy industries.

Panel 3 - 2:30 - 3:25 p.m.

Panelists include:

  • Bill Staby, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Resolute Marine
  • Philip Stratman, VP of Global Business Development, Ocean Power Technologies
  • Dan McDonald, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UMass Dartmouth
  • Gregory Browne, UMass Dartmouth, Maximal Asymmetric Drag Wave Energy Converter for AUV Charging
  • Stuart Davies, CEO, Ocean Renewable Power Company
  • Yi Chao, Founder and CEO, Seatrec

The Developments in Grid-Scale Marine Energy Deployment panel, moderated by Alissa Peterson, Co-Founder & Executive Director, SeaAhead BlueTech Innovation, will provide updates from companies working to deliver renewable energy to the power grid, and will include topics such as permitting,  site-selection, and supply chain organizing.

Panel 4 - 3:35 - 4:05 p.m.

Panelists include:

  • Ruth Perry, Marine Science and Regulatory Policy Specialist, Mayflower Wind
  • Alexander Thillerup, Program Manager, Offshore Renewables - New Bedford Ocean Cluster
  • Trey Taylor, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Verdant Power

This part of the Conference will feature break out rooms where participants can pick and choose which topics interest them.

Virtual Showroom & Networking - 4:10 - 5 p.m.

Projects include:

  • TEAMER - Jason Busch, Executive Director, Pacific Ocean Energy Trust
  • Bourne Tidal Test Site and Other Opportunities - John Miller, Executive Director, Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative
  • Flume - Krish Thiagarajan Sharman, Professor & Endowed Chair in Renewable Energy, UMass Amherst
  • UNH-CORE: Tidal and Open Ocean Test Sites - Martin Wosnik, Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire
  • Ocean Energy Testing Platform at Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, NC - George G. Bonner, Director, NC Renewable Ocean Energy Program, Coastal Studies Institute
  • Networking with conference attendees

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