Environmental Impacts of Marine Renewables Session

Dr Louise Kregting, AWATEA Member at Large,  alongside Dr Lenhart and Dr Wilhelmsson are organising a session on the Environmental Impacts of Marine Renewables (see below for details) at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna, Austria 12-17th April 2015.

Environmental Impacts of Marine Renewables

Convener: Louise Kregting.

Co-Conveners: Dan Wilhelmsson, Hermann Lenhart.

Marine renewable energy extraction from wind, wave and tides has the potential to contribute significantly to energy security for further generations and to mitigate the effects of climate change. This however would require the deployment of large arrays of devices in the coastal and shelf regions. Common to these three forms of energy extraction is a concern regarding the potential environmental consequences on the marine environment as a result of large array deployments of the technology.

This session welcomes contributions on all aspects of environmental impacts of marine renewable energy: wind, wave and tide. Research themes include biological interactions with the resource, biological interactions with the device and managing space. Research areas are envisaged to include but not restricted to: modelling and quantification of the interaction of the device to the marine environment (e.g. changes in hydrodynamics) as well as on the biology directly; ecological study designs and methods; new technologies for quantification; management of space; collision; noise; habitat change; community change for all trophic levels interaction.

For more information and registration, visit:

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2015/session/17791

2014 AGM Announced

With great pleasure, the AWATEA board has announced that the 8th Annual General Meeting shall be held on Thursday the 11th of December 2014 at 2pm at NIWA, 301 Evans Bay, Kilbirnie in Wellington.

 

Voting forms and more information shall soon be available on the member’s web page.

 

 

Highlights from this year’s AWATEA Conference

Around 50 people gathered in Wellington on the 8th of May 2014 for the AWATEA annual conference. By all accounts it was a great success, even in these straitened times for renewable energy. A number of changes from past conferences played a role in this. The decision to move to a one day event, while it reduced opportunities for people to present, gave a heightened sense of critical mass and focused the quality of the talks. The new venue at the Royal Society was perfect and placed the meeting in the context of the focal point for much of New Zealand’s research and forward-thinking. We also made the conference dinner an integral part of the event and were repaid by you with great enthusiasm with well over 2/3rds of delegates coming along. Dinner was made all the more memorable with an impromptu performance by a visiting Philippine choir. Charlotte Sterck’s tireless efforts made the whole thing come together seamlessly, as did Rebecca McPherson’s AV support on the day.

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Another Successful Conference

We 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, and to all of our speakers for their valuable contribution.

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2014 Conference Programme

We are pleased to announce the following Keynote Speakers for the upcoming AWATEA conference on Thursday 8 May at the Royal Society of New Zealand conference:

GHGreen Energy Spokesperson Gareth Hughes will outline his vision for a 100% renewable New Zealand electricity system and the role marine energy can play. He will outline 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 will be providing an overview of the Bombora technology and project development pipeline. He will also be covering project development risk management, highlighting how Bombora’s management have had to adapt to survive through the technical, funding and governmental policy challenges, and sharing what serendipitous market discoveries they have made along the way.

Keith Bowyer from Ocean Power Technologies will also be a Keynote Speaker. Details of his presentation will be uploaded to our conference page shortly.

Other speakers will be discussing resource assessments, environmental modelling, technology developments and niche applications for devices, amongst other topics.

The final programme can be viewed in full here.

Have you registered for this event yet? Spaces are limited so make sure you do so as soon as possible. Click here to register now.

Registration Now Open

2014 HeaderDelegates can now register for this year’s AWATEA conference: “The Business of Developing Marine Energy”, which will be held on Thursday 8 May in Wellington, New Zealand.

The conference will be devoted to a wide-ranging review of marine energy developments, both in New Zealand and overseas, and includes a popular networking reception followed by a dinner available to all registrants. The final programme will be released on the conference page soon.

As usual, AWATEA members will be able to register at a discounted rate. Registration fees for this year are as follows:

  • Member: $375 + GST = $431.25
  • Non-member: $450 + GST = $517.50
  • Dinner: $70.00

Click here to register

There are limited spaces available so make sure you register as soon as possible to ensure your place.

White Paper on Marine Energy

AWATEA is seeking to bring some ideas to the political table.  The combined mix of technology-driven low impact energy supply with allied advances in research capability and growth is clearly the sort of thing that an economy of New Zealand’s scale needs to embrace.  Therefore the Executive is busy defining a roadmap for marine energy and has developed a white paper, which is now ready for release and can be downloaded below. Given that it is an election year this provides information to political parties as they evolve their energy policies. We want to give them tangible options that not only secure energy for 2030 and beyond but also act as a critical focal point for building new marine capability in what is the 4th biggest marine estate on the planet.

Call for Presentations

2GHWe are delighted to announce that Green MP Gareth Hughes, who is focussed on campaigning for clean energy and healthy oceans, will be opening the conference this year. Other keynote speakers  will be announced shortly and in the meantime we are welcoming presentation proposals based on the conference theme: “The Business of Developing Marine Energy.”

Would you like to speak at this year’s conference and present your achievements at New Zealand’s only marine renewable energy event for 2014? This is an excellent opportunity to share your ideas, look for collaborators for research or development and be recognised as a leader in this emerging sector.

Submissions should be sent to mail@awatea.org.nz by Wednesday 20 March 2014. The Executive will review the content of sessions and respond as soon as possible whether your presentation has been accepted. It should be noted that speakers will be required to register and pay the appropriate conference fee.

Sea Week Lecture on Ocean Energy to Electricity

AWATEA’s Co-chairman, Dr. Craig Stevens will be providing a Sea Week Lecture on “Ocean Energy to Electricity” tomorrow (Tuesday 4 March) in Napier for the Hawke’s Bay branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

CraigStevensDr. Craig Stevens is a physical oceanographer with a focus on environmental fluid mechanics in extreme environments.  He holds a joint position at NIWA and the University of Auckland. His use of observational techniques takes him to a variety of locations ranging from Antarctica to Cook Strait.

Craig’s work is mainly about turbulence, stratification and waves – and how entities react/behave/exist in such fluid environments.  From the energy perspective he has looked at how to optimally locate tidal turbines so that they extract energy effectively, whilst minimizing environmental degradation.

In this lecture he will talk about energy in the ocean and international efforts to convert some of it into electricity and how this has intertwined with the vagaries of international geopolitics over the past few decades. It will include relevance to NZ and results of trials.

Tuesday, 4 March, 7:30 pm
National Aquarium of New Zealand, Marine Parade, Napier
For further information contact Craig Stevens (04) 386-0300 or craig.stevens@niwa.co.nz

Entry by gold coin donation

AWATEA is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Conference

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The two-day conference will be devoted to a wide-ranging review of marine energy developments, both in New Zealand and overseas, and includes a popular networking reception at the end of the first day followed by a dinner available to all registrants.

Call for Presentations 

Would you like to be part of New Zealand’s only marine renewable energy event for 2014? Our keynote speakers will be announced shortly and in the meantime we are welcoming presentation proposals based on the conference theme: The Business of Developing Marine Energy. Submissions should be sent to mail@awatea.org.nz by Wednesday 13 March 2014. The Executive will review the content of sessions and respond as soon as possible whether your presentation has been accepted. It should be noted that speakers will be required to register and pay the appropriate conference fee.

Further details about the event can be found on our Conference page