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IEA-OES 48th Executive Committee Meeting

Posted 2023-10-30 in News

Member countries met in the Hague to discuss the latest ocean energy initiatives and projects

Last week, the International Energy Agency's Ocean Energy Systems (IEA-OES) hosted its 48th Executive Committee meeting in The Hague, bringing together delegates from countries across the globe. Member countries including Australia, The USA, Canada, China, Japan, India, the UK, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands along with Brazil as Observer, joined forces to discuss the latest initiatives and projects in ocean energy.

Here are the highlights from this international meeting:
  1. Setting the Course with an International Vision: Delegates engaged in fruitful discussions on an "International Vision" that will steer the future of ocean energy development.
  2. Upgraded Framework for Ocean Energy: The second edition of the International Framework for Ocean Energy released by the IEA-OES was discussed, offering comprehensive guidelines for national funding agencies.
  3. Ocean Energy on Islands: A newly released publication "Ocean Energy in Islands and Remote Locations" was presented, with insights from industry experts concluding with 10 key messages that serve as guiding principles for ocean energy development in isolated regions.
  4. Economics on OTEC and Desalination: Ongoing studies outsourced to external experts in the field were on the agenda, with the final reports soon to be published by IEA-OES.
  5. Wave energy Modelling: A group, comprising participants from 17 countries, is making significant strides in validating numerical models to enhance the accuracy and reliability of wave energy converter designs, setting the stage for industry-wide standards.
  6. Environmental Task: The well-known OES-Environmental task continues its mission, with preparations underway for the 2024 State of the Science Report.
  7. WebGIS Database: The recent launch of the new WebGIS database which offers worldwide insights into ocean energy projects, is now available on the IEA-OES website.
The OES is organised under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA) but is functionally and legally autonomous. Views, findings and publications of the OES do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the IEA Secretariat or its individual member countries.