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Joint ICOE-OEE event to bring huge value for ocean energy sector

Posted 2021-12-07 in News

The Basque Energy Cluster and Ocean Energy Europe are teaming up to deliver a joint event on ocean energy in 2022.


Brussels, 6 December 2021

The Basque Energy Cluster and Ocean Energy Europe (OEE) are teaming up to deliver a joint event on ocean energy in 2022. The unique event, ICOE-OEE 2022, will gather ocean energy professionals and decision-makers from all corners of the globe in San Sebastian – Donostia, in the Basque Country, Spain.
By joining forces, the organisers will offer an unparalleled opportunity for the sector to showcase its successes, network and do business. Taking place on 18-20 October, the event combines Ocean Energy Europe’s annual conference and exhibition, and the International Ocean Conference on Ocean Energy, which is supported by the International Energy Agency’s Technological Collaboration Program on Ocean Energy Systems (IEA/OES).
The Basque Country is one of the world’s leading centres of ocean energy. Building on an impressive industrial history, it is now home to a wealth of innovative wave energy activity, including the BiMEP test centre, the Mutriku power plant and over 50 companies, universities and technology centres working in key regional and European initiatives.
Ocean Energy Europe is the largest network of ocean energy professionals in the world. Its annual event brings together hundreds of people from across the sector, including politicians, senior decision-makers and key industrial players.
Remi Gruet, CEO of Ocean Energy Europe, said: “We are excited to co-organise this one-of-a-kind event together with the Basque Energy Cluster, merging two already well-regarded events. With revenue support in the UK and France looking at new pilot farms, it will be a perfect moment for the whole sector to come together and drive ocean energy forward.”

José Ignacio Hormaeche, Managing Director of the Basque Energy Cluster, added: “The next few years will be key for the future success of ocean energy. International collaboration is more relevant than ever, and we want the joint event between ICOE and OEE to be a catalyser for the sector. It is time to meet again… and what a better place than the beautiful city of Donostia – San Sebastian”.
Yann-Hervé De Roeck, Chairman of the IEA/OES, said: “Our group of international experts on ocean energy (23 member countries plus the European Commission) collaborates to accelerate the viability, uptake and acceptance of ocean energy systems in an environmentally acceptable manner. By associating our biannual international conference ICOE with OEE event, the resulting synergy is fully in line with our objectives.”
Media contact
Amy Parsons, Ocean Energy Europe
+32 2400 1043

Notes for Editors

Basque Energy Cluster
The Basque Energy Cluster is a non-profit organization which was set up in 1996 with the mission of improving global competitiveness of the Basque energy sector companies by facilitating an industry-driven collaboration along the value chains and seeking public-private partnerships. Our vision is to contribute to the positioning the Basque Country as one of the European references in the energy industry sector in specific energy fields.

The Basque Energy Cluster is made up of more than 100 members, including leading companies in the energy sector located in the Basque Country (energy operators, component and equipment manufacturers), agents of the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network and public administration bodies involved in the energy field.

Ocean Energy Europe
Ocean Energy Europe is the largest network of ocean energy professionals in the world. Over 120 organisations, including Europe’s leading utilities, industrialists and research institutes, trust OEE to represent the interests of Europe’s ocean energy sector.

As a not-for-profit organisation, every euro invested in OEE is used to promote the European ocean energy industry. Ocean Energy Europe’s mission is to create a strong environment for the development of ocean energy, improve access to funding, and enhance business opportunities for its members.

To achieve this, OEE engages with the European Institutions (Commission, Parliament, Council, EIB, etc), and national ministries on policy issues affecting the sector. The results are undeniable: in the past four years the sector’s profile has increased significantly, and the EU has emerged as a major driver of the industry.
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.