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Tidal Energy Summit 2008 Agenda

Day 1 | Day 2

The latest timed agenda will be emailed and confirmed directly with delegates 3 days before the conference. The timed agenda below is accurate as of 21/10/2008.

Day One – 11th November

09:00

Chairman’s Opening Address

 

Trevor Raggett, Deputy Director Bioenergy and Marine Energy Technologies, BERR

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

It is not just the climatic resource that will attract you to install into a particular site but the political will and the financial incentives. The UK was set to be the leader of this industry but strong interest from Canada, America, China and Korea means this market place is truly international.

09:15

Global Opportunities for Tidal Energy Development

 
  • Global map of opportunities - Hear the latest on global tidal resource, Feed-In-Tariffs, onshore/offshore services, grid connection, scientific and environmental regulations
  • Future global development - Understand what has been installed where, when and by whom
  • Learn about the financial incentives that exist around the globe and where political support is being given to Tidal Energy

Todd Allmendiger, Managing Director, Emerging Energy Consulting

09:45

CASE STUDY: Making the Most of Global Opportunities

 
  • Hear how to find the best location for ideal deployment sites, including incentives as well as local tidal resource
  • Find out what challenges arise from far flung deployment
  • Learn how to tap into the long term potential of international deployment and the financial rewards it has to offer

Gareth Davies, Managing Director, Aquatera

PERFECT PARTNERSHIPS: How to secure your supply chain and collaborate with commercial partners

Building the right partnerships are absolutely critical to the success of your projects but complaints of high costs, lack of availability and Tidal being at the bottom of the pecking order are rife.

Understand the importance of working with the right partners to minimise risks and improve confidence and credibility in your technology.

10:15

CASE STUDY: Tidal Stream Turbine Progress: From Experiment Systems to Commercial Deployment

 
  • Get an insight into how to overcome generic problems to achieve commercially viable tidal turbines
  • Hear the latest on MCT's development from proof of concept, experimental full size systems to their recent commercial scale prototype
  • What next? Find out about MCT's plans for the future – scaling up for bigger and better commercial development
Peter Fraekel, Technical Director, Marine Current Turbines

10:45

COFFEE BREAK

11:15

How to Unite with Utilities

 

Even though it's still early days for Tidal deployment, progressive utilities are keen to partner with developers for long term gains.

  • Hear what is needed to make the ideal ‘plug and play' partnership between your Tidal device and interested utilities
  • Learn what utilities need for their ideal developer partnership and how to meet them for a long term relationship

Amaan Lafayette, Marine Development Manager, E.ON Engineering

11:45

WORKING GROUP DISCUSSION: Supply Chain Partnership Security

 
  • Hear how to, who need to partner with, what they need?
  • Discuss how the industry can collaborate better with the offshore contractors to create a firmer supply chain
  • Can Tidal Energy stakeholders develop a cohesive plan so Tidal Energy is taken seriously?
  • Find out what infrastructure the industry needs in place in order to move forwards
  • Developer collaborations

Facilitators:

Paul Barnard, Corporate Engineer,  International Power
Peter Scheijgrond, Senior Developer, Ecofys

Paul Smith, Senior Consultant, Senergy eConnect

Peter Fraekel, Technical Director, Marine Current Turbines

Amaan Lafayette, Marine Development Manager, E.ON Engineering

Trevor Raggett, Deputy Director Bioenergy and Marine Energy Technologies, BERR

Menaga Mohan, Design Engineer, Gurit

Todd Allmendiger, Managing Director, Emerging Energy Consulting

Gareth Davies, Managing Director, Aquatera

13:00

LUNCH BREAK

DEVELOPER PROGRESS UPDATES: Technology Showcase

There is a misconception within the industry that first past the post will be the technology which is selected and backed, however this greatly increases the chance that we will be backing the wrong technology and the true potential of marines will never be known.

14:30-14:45

CASE STUDY: Secrecy, IPR and Incentives

 
  • Get lessons on how to develop your project from scratch
  • Find out how to gain access to incentives
  • Industry development – discuss how to share collaborative projects without infringing on Intellectual Property Rights to push collective industry progress
Michael Belmont, Technical Director, Aqua Scientific

14:45- 15:00

CASE STUDY: How Modular Designs are Better Suited for Commercial Deployment

 
  • Discover how innovative modular device designs can enable flexible up-scaling and mass manufacture application
  • Find out how modular designs can simplify installation and deployment of tidal devices and farms
  • Get real-life examples from a non-turbine tidal stream technology under development

Jan Erik Hanssen, Vice President,  Tidal Sail

15:00-15:15

CASE STUDY: How to Deliver Reliable Device Installation and Cost Effective O&M

 
  • Understand why installation is the most critical aspect of design
  • Hear how BioPower Systems is developing flexible low-cost installation methodologies
  • Work together to pinpoint the most crucial O&M issues facing tidal technologies today
  • Discuss an approach to best-practice in O&M

Tim Finnigan, CEO, BioPower Systems Limited

15:15-15:30

CASE STUDY: Scaling-up Tidal Energy: What's the Next Step?

 
  • Get the latest on from the C-Energy project in the Netherlands for up-scaling solutions
  • Hear about the 30kW demonstration project in tidal flows of the Westerschelde
  • Learn how to apply lessons in design and supply chain strategy to your project

Peter Scheijgrond, Senior Developer, Ecofys

15:30

COFFEE BREAK

REGULATION & LEGISLATION: How to Streamline the Licence and Permit Consent Process

Time consuming, cumbersome and misleading are all words used to describe marine regulations but change is afoot and regulations need to be satisfied. Get the latest on how to navigate looming regulation and legislation for minimal disruption to your Tidal technology.

16:00

WORKING GROUP DISCUSSION: Push Forward Your Permit Approval

 
  • Get valuable advice, recommendations and suggestions from key government bodies into how to submit successful applications
  • Learn why the Marine Space Planning scheme put forward by the Scottish government will cut the time in selecting optimum sites and the consenting license process
  • Find out about the newly appointed renewable energy policy group; who they are and why they were selected, what is their role and how will this group function

Facilitators:

Dr. Tim Norman , Environment Manager, Crown Estates

Gary James, Licensing and Consents Manager, Marine and Fisheries Agency

Andrew Prior, Environmental Manager, PMSS

Trevor Raggett, Deputy Director Bioenergy and Marine Energy Technologies, BERR

Michael Starling, Principal Consultant, BMT Cordah

Steve Wilson, Director of Wind and Marine, NaREC

Todd Allmendiger, Managing Director, Emerging Energy Consulting

Jan Erik Hanssen, Vice President,  Tidal Sail

17:15

FEEDBACK 1: on Supply Chain Working Group Discussion

17:45

FEEDBACK 2: on Push Forward your Permit Approval Working Group Discussion

18:00

Chairman Close - End of Day One

18:15

NETWORKING COCKTAILS and SPEED NETWORKING

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Day Two – 12th November

09:15

Chairman’s Opening

 

Trevor Raggett, Deputy Director Bioenergy and Marine Energy Technologies, BERR

OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE: Cost Saving Considerations to Maximise Future Performance

This year has seen some high level testing with a tidal turbine now supplying the grid, but it hasn’t all been plain sailing. Understand how the technology has progressed, why different materials might be advantageous for construction, and how to integrate continual testing to boost the successful operation of your Tidal device.

09:15

Designing to Achieve Viable Long-term O&M Plans

 
  • Understand the critical importance of high reliability when installing a tidal farm
  • Discuss the benefits of design assurance to achieve high reliability
  • Lessons learned – Find out how to benefit from the successes of other marine industries
Michael Starling, Principal Consultant, BMT Cordah

09:45

CASE STUDY: Making Tidal Devices More Effective

 
  • Hear how FRP composites offer products that are lighter, more durable and more environmentally resistant
  • Discuss how to build devices that are easier to install, operate, maintain and resist corrosion
  • Discover the integrated composite technologies already developed how to create designs and prototypes with similar capabilities

Menaga Mohan, Design Engineer, Gurit

10:15

CASE STUDY: How to Reduce your O&M Costs with Simple Device Design and Construction

 
  • Understand how robust mechanical and electrical designs can deliver more durable tidal devices that are easier to operate in harsh marine conditions

  • Hear the latest on how to achieve simple and cost effective device installation, maintenance and retrieval

  • Simpler design = easier O&M. Get the lowdown on why simple devices can pay massive rewards when scaling up for tidal farms

Jochen Weilepp, Head of Ocean Energies, Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation GmbH & Co

10:45

COFFEE BREAK

FINANCIAL FUNDING: How to Apply for Public and Private Investments and Incentives

For Tidal Energy to achieve its full potential, access to funds needs to be readily available. This is a contentious issue but new public schemes are being created and private investors are willing to pay up if their conditions can be met. Understand how to gain access to these funds and what the prerequisites and selection processes are.

11:15

Getting Access to Funding: The Investor/Developer Conundrum

 

Securing investment requires proof of tidal technology – but proving tidal technology requires investment! Hear what factors will encourage or discourage investment including:

  • Business Proposals: Hear how to improve investment potential with attractive business proposals to investors
  • The Route to Commercialisation – Hear how to apply for different types of funding and investment and when to do so
  • Understand the role of due diligence in benefiting securing funding
  • Get the lowdown on ways to invest in the marine industry (other than in technology itself)

Steve Wilson, Director of Wind and Marine, NaREC

11:45 Perfect Preparation to Secure Successful Funding
 
  • Discuss how to identify the right type of investor for your investment pitch
  • Learn the importance of preparation and rigor for successful applications
  • Understand how to strengthen your application with strategic supply chain partnerships
  • Gauge how to present acceptable risks to your prospective investors and still secure financing

Mat Thomson, Head of Tidal Energy, Garrad Hassan Marine Renewables Group

12:00

WORKING GROUP DISCUSSION: Satisfying the Nervous Investor – How to Minimise their Risks to Secure Your Investment

 
  • Discuss how to secure funding, what investors need to see in place to give them complete confidence and how you can ensure this happens
  • Find out who is best to approach for private funding and the best way to propose your bid
  • Be prepared: Learn how to compile clear business plans and realistic times to improve the chance of bid success
  • Financing technology development vs financing for project development

Facilitators:

Paul Barnard, Corporate Engineer,  International Power
Grant Bourhill, Director - Programme Delivery, ETI

Mat Thomson, Head of Tidal Energy, Garrad Hassan Marine Renewables Group

Steve Wilson, Director of Wind and Marine, NaREC

Michael Starling, Principal Consultant, BMT Cordah

Jochen Weilepp, Head of Ocean Energies, Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation GmbH & Co

Amaan Lafayette, Marine Development Manager, E.ON Engineering

Dr. Tim Norman , Environment Manager, Crown Estates

Henry Birt, Partner, Voltere Capital Partners

13:00

LUNCH BREAK

GRID CONNECTION – Strategies, Technologies and Investments to Connect Tidal Energy to the Grid

Designing innovative and successful tidal turbines are all well and good, but worthless without easy access to the electricity grid. The need for better infrastructure has never been more prominent. Ideal tidal resources are often located in hard to connect locations causing concern for the future success of Tidal Energy. Find out what technologies and strategies will make access from your device to the grid easier.

14:30

CASE STUDY: Get Connected – Future Infrastructure Improvements, Investments and Requirements

 
  • Hear what infrastructure and coverage improvements the National Grid plan to implement to improve the ease of grid connection for your tidal device
  • Learn what data you need to compile to submit your application for grid access
  • Discover the optimum electrical output and conversion to easily feed your electrical supply to the grid

Ivo Spreeuwenberg, Strategy Review, National Grid

15:00

CASE STUDY: Connectivity Technologies and Methods – Shared Access Points, Electrical Convertors, Subsea Pipelines

 
  • Discuss the best methods to connect Tidal Energy devices to the grid – what subsea cabling, electrical converters and pipelines need to be integrated into your planning and business propositions
  • Examine what technologies will improve electricity extraction and deliver high levels of efficiency to guarantee profits

Paul Smith, Senior Consultant, Senergy eConnect

15:30

FEEDBACK 3: Satisfying the Nervous Investor – How to Minimise their Risks to Secure Your Investment

15:45

Chairman Closing Comments & Conference Round Up

16:00

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