Marine Renewable Energy Meets The Need

25th September, 2012
Following the success of Plymouth?s Marine City Festival, the Institution of Civil Engineers South West (ICE) is hosting a one-day seminar to discuss the future of Marine Renewable Energy.

Marine Renewable Energy: Meeting the Need will be held at the University of Plymouth on Monday 1st October.

The presentations will cover wave, tidal and offshore wind, and initiatives for marine renewable energy research and construction.

Trish Johnson, Regional Director of ICE South West said: ?This is an important seminar for anyone working in the field of marine renewable energy. This rapidly developing sector has potentially significant economic benefits for the South West and the Marine Energy Park provides a focal point for this growth.

?ICE wants to see our region capitalise on the opportunities presented by marine energy, developing the skills, knowledge and facilities to become a world leader in the field.?

With such a vast coastline, the South West peninsular is a natural location for marine renewable energy projects; however individual schemes can attract controversy as well as support.

The seminar plays host to speakers from the Atlantic Array and the Wave Hub as well as from the Universities of Plymouth, Bristol and Exeter who will speak about development and design.

Running from Bristol to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the South West Marine Energy Park is the first to be set up in the UK. Johnny Gowdy from Regen SW will put this into context and outline what opportunities it will bring to the region.

As part of the day?s highlights, there will also be a demonstration of the University?s new COaST Laboratory wave tank with an accompanying presentation.

Chaired by Dr Martin Borthwick, Chairman of ICE South West, the day?s programme will provide a comprehensive examination of some of the opportunities and challenges facing the development of marine renewable energy in the South West.

The event costs ?100 + VAT and an online booking system is available at

For further information, please contact the ICE SW office on 01752 766230