Conference 2014

2014 HeaderWe are pleased to announce the success of our 8th Annual Conference, which was held on Thursday 8 May at the Royal Society of New Zealand Conference Centre in Wellington, New Zealand.

The AWATEA Executive would like to extend its thanks to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, as this year’s Sponsor.

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Programme & Presentations

The conference was devoted to a wide-ranging review of marine energy developments, both in New Zealand and overseas and included a popular networking reception that was  followed by a dinner attended by almost three quarters of this year’s delegates.

Conference registrants and AWATEA Members can download copies of all the presentations by following the link below. These will be made available to everyone else just before next year’s conference.

We had an excellent selection of speakers providing a diverse and informative selection of presentations. These included the following Keynote Speakers:

GHGreen Energy Spokesperson Gareth Hughes outlined his vision for a 100% renewable New Zealand electricity system and the role marine energy can play. He described how NZ Power can support the sector in reaching this target and how other reforms around power purchase agreements, avoided cost of transmission pricing and a new New Zealand Energy Strategy will deliver a richer New Zealand built on clean energy.

GRGlen Ryan from Bombora Wave Power provided an overview of the Bombora technology and project development pipeline. He also covered project development risk management, highlighting how Bombora’s management have had to adapt to survive through the technical, funding and governmental policy challenges, and shared what serendipitous market discoveries they have made along the way.

keith bowyerKeith Bowyer from Ocean Power Technologies provided an update on OPT/VWP’s exciting renewable energy project taking place off the coast of Victoria, near the city of Portland.  Victorian Wave Partners (VWP) is a Special Purpose Entity created to develop the Victorian Wave Power Demonstration Project, which will be built in three stages. VWP was awarded an A$66.46 million grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in support of this development.