Tidal and wave power experts will be at the conference
The third edition of World Maritime Week, a biennial event at Bilbao Exhibition Centre that gathers the naval, fishing, port and energy sectors, will also hold the Ocean Energy Conference. This event will invite expert speakers to talk about wave and tidal power, that is, the resources obtained from harnessing the energy in the movement of waves and tides. Although these two kinds of energy are still in their early stages, there are already many projects being carried out.
The Ocean Energy Conference working group is planning this congress with the aim of giving as much information as possible on this sector and its main energy source: marine waters. Representatives of Tecnalia, the Basque Energy Agency (EVE), Idom, Bimep and Bilbao Exhibition Centre are designing the content of the programme and analysing the most interesting topics for the first edition.
The first block will focus on wave energy, which harnesses kinetic energy produced by the movement of ocean waves. Some of the advantages of this type of energy, according to experts, are that it is clean, safe and non-polluting. The second block will be devoted to tidal power, which is a renewable, safe and usable energy powered by the natural rise and fall of ocean tides. It is a cheap energy that does not require a great investment in maintenance and, like wave power, it is non-polluting.
Thus, the next edition of World Maritime Week will have many new features. As well as the first edition of Ocean Energy Conference, the agenda will include the third Oil&Gas Conference. In fact, this upstream and downstream oil and gas forum was moved to coincide with WMW.
At the same time, the naval industry will be gathering at Sinaval, an event that is already in its 23rd year; the world of fisheries will have its own event at Eurofishing; and state-of-the-art technology for ports will be shared at FuturePort.