ICOE 2021 Virtual

A unique all-virtual conference which took place in a whole new way

This unique all-virtual experience brought together international stakeholders, experts and exhibitors from the ocean energy sectors (tidal, wave, ocean currents, ocean thermal gradients) with content and networking opportunities—available from anywhere in the world.

ICOE 2021 was hosted by the National Hydropower Association (NHA), and supported by the International Energy Agency (IEA) through Ocean Energy Systems (OES). OES is an intergovernmental group that works on international collaboration for ocean energy in order to accelerate the development of the sector and reduce the costs of these energies. NHA’s Marine Energy Council is the leading trade organization of the U.S. ocean energy industry, providing a united voice for the full spectrum of ocean energy technologies.

ICOE 2021 was working in conjunction with NHA’s Annual Conference Waterpower Week to showcase the close partnership and cooperation of conventional hydropower and ocean energy waterpower technologies. Get ready to experience the benefits of both conferences from anywhere in the world!

The ocean energy industry came together April 28-30, 2021 to discuss device innovation, new market developments and regulatory frameworks to spur commercialization. In addition to unparalleled opportunities to network and learn from industry leaders from around the world, ICOE 2021 provided a variety of forums for attendees to share advancements in research and technology breakthroughs.

The theme for ICOE 2021 was “Energizing a Powerful Blue Economy”. NHA is excited to showcase innovations in ocean energy technology research and development, prepare ocean renewable energy to benefit the larger “Blue Economy” and the electrical grid, and identify research needed to further advance the state of the technology.

Key topic areas for panels, presentations and workshops included:

  • International Developer and Technology Showcase
  • The Future of Our Oceans and Ocean Energy’s Potential to Power the Blue Economy
  • Foundational and Cross-Cutting Research and Development
  • Enabling the Long-term Evolution of Ocean Energy Industries
  • How Do We Get There? Securing Funding, Supportive Policies, and Regulatory Acceptance

The virtual gathering offered a combination of live and on-demand sessions and presentations, with opportunities for live Q&As with industry leaders discussing device innovation, new market developments and regulatory frameworks to spur commercialization. Attendees will have access to over 100 ePosters and listen to over 50 oral paper presentations—all from the comfort of the participants offices or homes. 

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