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October 19 @ 17:30 - 18:30


Ocean energy global trends, projects and technologies for islands. Empowering remote and island communities: the Canadian case study

In cooperation with Marine Renewables Canada and Ocean Energy Systems, IEA-OES

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Regions at disproportionately higher risk due to climate change, such as remote coastal communities, islands and least developed countries, are examining renewable resources as a means to relieve power constraints and promote economic growth. Many remote communities, islands and coastal regions meet their energy needs through exchanges with mainland via submarine cables or their own fossil fuel-based generation facilities – they also tend to have good marine renewable energy resource potential.

With over 200 remote communities reliant on fossil fuel and mainly diesel in Canada, Canadian industry, researchers, and government have been working towards developing and implementing renewable energy solutions. Aside from powering communities, marine renewable energy is also being explored to provide a cost competitive solution for ocean industries that require access to consistent, reliable, and clean power untethered to land-based power grids. These include traditional ocean sectors such as shipping, offshore oil and gas, fisheries and ports that are increasingly focused on implementing sustainable energy solutions as well as high-growth industries such as desalination, aquaculture, ocean observing, marine robotics, biofuels, and seawater mineral extraction.

While marine renewable energy technologies such as tidal, wave, and river current energy are still in a pre-commercial phase, they are a cost competitive solution for these communities in comparison to diesel. Efforts to unlock the potential of these technologies are also supported through smart grid technology innovation – a pursuit that could help realize the full benefits of marine renewable energy generation.

The aim of this session is to provide an overview of Canadian marine renewable energy projects and activities that have applicability globally for remote, coastal, and island communities.

Draft Agenda


17.30   Introduction

  • Gianni Chianetta – Director, Greening the Islands


17.35   Setting the scene

  • Yann-Hervé De Roeck – Chairman, Ocean Energy Systems, IEA-OES & Executive Director, FRANCE ENERGIES MARINES
  • Amanda White – Operations Director, Marine Renewables Canada

17.55   Round Table

Moderation: Yann-Hervé De Roeck – Chairman, Ocean Energy Systems, IEA-OES & Executive Director, FRANCE ENERGIES MARINES


  • Brad Buckham – Professor & Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria (Canada) & PRIMED – Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery
  • Brian Pasquill – CEO, AOE Accumulated Ocean Energy
  • Martin Moody – Principal Electrical Specialist, BMT Canada Ltd.


18.30 End of the workshop



October 19
17:30 - 18:30
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Greening the Islands