Marine Energy Regional Research Institute Proposal

Dr Gareth Gretton, Chair, Aotearoa Wave and Tidal Energy Association.

The Aotearoa Wave and Tidal Energy Association is hugely supportive of a Regional Research Institute for marine energy, and the Taranaki region, with its offshore engineering expertise, and its wave energy resource, is an ideal candidate for this.

Governments around the world, including the UK, the US and Australia, have realized that marine energy is one of the sustainable energy technologies of the future, and they have supported this by establishing research and development centres, similar to RRIs. The European Marine Energy Centre in the Orkney Islands of the UK was one of the first, and it has had a transformative effect on the economy there.

NZ has been at the forefront of wave energy developments with, for example, the WET-NZ device, tested in the waters off Christchurch and Wellington. Now known as AzuraWave, it is being tested in Hawaii with US funding. An RRI for marine energy could help these developments to continue in NZ, with benefits for the NZ economy. Further projects are also in the pipeline, and would benefit from the catalysing effect of a RRI.

AWATEA Strategy Workshop

AWATEA is hosting a Strategy Workshop in Wellington at 9am-1pm on Wednesday 17 August 2016. The purpose of the workshop is to set AWATEA’s priorities for the next 1,2,5 and 10 years and all interested parties are invited to come and participate. We’ll confirm the exact location and further details closer to the day. In the meantime, please […]

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Register today – only three weeks to go!

There’s only three weeks until our 10th Annual Conference, which will be held on Thursday 19 May at the Royal Society Conference Centre in Wellington. Make sure you register today to ensure your place at New Zealand’s only marine renewable event of the year.  Click here to be directed to the booking form and payment […]

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Programme Released

I’m delighted to announce today the programme for this year’s AWATEA conference. In keeping with the theme of “Global Advances”, the morning sessions will feature a wide range of international speakers giving us an update on activities in their field. These include both industry and academic speakers covering topics including technology, business development, and environmental […]

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10th Annual Marine Energy Conference

AWATEA is hosting its 10th Annual Marine Energy Conference: “Global Advances” on Thursday 19 May at the Royal Society Conference Centre in Wellington. This conference is New Zealand’s primary forum for professionals and researchers to participate in knowledge-sharing on the latest wave and tidal energy issues, innovation and best practice. In celebration of the past […]

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