USA: Navy to Host Renewable Ocean Energy Conference

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Engineering Service Center (ESC) and NAVFAC Pacific will host the Renewable Ocean Energy Conference on two separate days, March 26 and March 28, at the Koa Malina Officers Club at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), Kaneohe Bay.

The conference will provide information to companies interested in developing new energy technology resources for coastal Navy and Marine Corps installations.

“The Navy is interested in purchasing power from alternative sources including ocean energy” said Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center Commanding Officer, Capt. Brant D. Pickrell. “Becoming more energy independent is in the best interests of the Navy, the Department of Defense, and for the future of our country. This forum is being held to discuss the Navy’s energy goals and to gauge industry interest and technology development in renewable energy.”

The first day of the conference will be used for the Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) Industry Forum, with a focus on wave energy initiatives at MCBH. The Ocean Energy and Sea Water Air Conditioning (SWAC) Industry Forum is scheduled for the second day, covering the broad spectrum of renewable ocean energy technologies, including offshore wind, ocean thermal energy conversion, wave, tidal, current, and ocean compressed air energy storage, with an emphasis on implementing SWAC systems.

The conference runs from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

Subsea World News Staff , March 09, 2012;  Image: mcbh