September – October 2020

Shipping & the Blue Economy Virtual Forum
Sep 23 – Sep 24 all-day

Shipping & the Blue Economy Virtual Forum

The Shipping & the Blue Economy Virtual Forum will take place on the 23 – 24 September 2020. Join this online forum and take full advantage of this unique platform to explore the importance of the oceans and the environmental, social, and economic benefits of a sustainable blue economy for the shipping sector.

Not to be missed:

Day 2 | 24 September | Session 6 – The game changers: Wave and wind | 1420 – 1440

EMEC’s Commercial Director Matthew Finn, will be giving a presentation on ‘the promising future of waves & tides’. Matthew will discuss the progress being made in the wave and tidal energy sector, exploring the key technical and economic challenges and opportunities that this burgeoning sector is facing.

You can access the full agenda here.

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Marine Energy in Northern Ireland: Challenges and Opportunities
Sep 23 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

20200923 AREA event

We’re joining Action Renewables Energy Association for this online event looking at the challenges and opportunities of marine energy in Northern Ireland. Showcasing both Northern Irish and Scottish marine energy sectors, the online event will take a look at the potential of ongoing projects in Strangford Lough and in the Orkney Islands, discussing how the challenges surrounding marine spatial governance, biodiversity protection, recreation, fishing and boating are limiting the potential of fully harnessing marine energy for a sustainable energy future.



The event is free to attend. Register here.



Eileen Linklater, External Relationship Manager, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd.

Topic ” Get Metal Wet: The Orkney Experience”.

For over a decade at EMEC, Eileen has worked with 30 different wave and tidal technology companies from 10 different countries and engaged with 100s more worldwide. As External Relationship Manager, this breadth of experience directly feeds her role which includes new business development and political lobbying, as EMEC has become a global focal point for the emerging marine renewables industry.

Sam McCloskey, FEI CEnv, Director, Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy.

Topic ” Innovating through the waves & tides: The Research and Development Pathway to progress in NI.”.

Sam joined CASE, an industry led, sustainable energy r&d centre, funded by Invest NI in November 2011, following a 17-year career in consultancy. She calls upon broad ranging experience of leading energy, sustainability and resource efficiency projects across a number of industry sectors, from local to pan-European projects. She currently sits on the Ireland wide Marine Renewable Industry Association (MRIA) Council.

Dr Carwyn Frost, Lecturer in Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast.

Topic ” Tidal Turbine Testing”.

Dr Carwyn Frost is an Early Career Researcher (ECR) and lecturer in Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. Dr Frost is experienced in Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) simulations and experimental validation in the laboratory and field for Ocean Renewable Energy (ORE) technology. Dr Frost aims to support research and enterprise ni the ORE community, facilitating field scale testing and measurement campaigns suitable for validation and appropriate scaling of technologies to support the ORE sector in fulfilling its potential.

Dr Karen Mooney, Research Fellow in Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast.

Dr Karen Mooney is a Research Fellow in Biological Sciences in Queen’s University Belfast. She currently manages the Queen’s University Belfast seaweed cultivation facility (largest in the UK). Her primary research interest is in algal cultivation and toxins. Dr Mooney is researching how to sustainably maximise the cultivation potential of kelp, either alone or in conjunction with other aquaculture or renewable energy technologies. She is also involved with policy awareness and community engagement processes linked to coastal and offshore development.

HTP: Hydrogen Technologies Platform Webinar @ Zoom
Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

BigHIT HTP Launch Webinar

This event will explain how the Hydrogen Territories Platform (HTP) can inform and help you to identify local replication opportunities for the development, deployment, and exploitation of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for integrated local energy systems.

Speakers include:

-          Enrique Girón, FCH JU: Building H2 Territories & H2 Valleys

-          Enrique Troncoso, BIG HIT: Scaling up with H2 communities in the Orkney Islands

-          Jesús Simón, Aragon Hydrogen Foundation: Using HTP for learning and replication

-          Alfonso Bernad, Aragon Hydrogen Foundation: Introduction to the HTP toolsa

-          Nigel Holmes, SHFCA: Future webinars and how to join the HTP

The new Hydrogen Territories Platform, developed within the BIG HIT project, will support replication of the local energy systems model. The HTP will provide information and modelling tools to support the wider development and replication of this model to other islands and isolated territories. This HTP will provide interested parties information and best practices relating to the deployment methodology, operation and logistics for the supply and distribution of green hydrogen in islands and isolated territories.

The presentations will be followed by a questions & answer session, which will also explain how you can join the HTP, build your networks, and start to make use of the replication tools including your own schematic map for a Hydrogen Territory or Hydrogen Valley.

Please register for the HTP webinar here

SHFCA annual conference 2020
Oct 14 @ 1:30 pm – Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm

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Hydrogen is a fast evolving area in Scotland, and SHFCA 2020 promises to be one of the highlights of the year.

Conference theme: Scaling up Hydrogen and Fuel Cells for Scotland’s 2032 Targets 

The four sessions of SHFCA2020 will cover policy, hydrogen supply, infrastructure, and hydrogen demand:

Day 1 | 14 Oct | 13:30-17:00 BST includes the opening plenary session which will highlight policy leadership and ambitions for hydrogen and fuel cells, and explore importance of cross-sector and international partnership working. The opening plenary is followed by the session on hydrogen supply which will include updates on the key projects for production of green and blue hydrogen.

Day 2 | 15 Oct | 09:30-13:00 BST  continues with the theme of building a hydrogen economy for Scotland. The first session is about the enabling hydrogen infrastructure which will connect the sources of hydrogen supply with the growing hydrogen demand. This is followed by the final session of the conference which will address hydrogen demand, and how we can build up the demand at sufficient scale and with attractive business models.

Further details for the speakers and registration will be released very soon, in the meantime please hold these dates for the afternoon of Wednesday 14th October and the morning of Thursday 15th October.








Aquamarine Power


Atlantis Resources Corporation



Naval Group

Naval Group


Open Hydro


Orbital Marine




ScottishPower Renewables



Sustainable Marine Energy

Sustainable Marine Energy


Voith Hydro


Wello Oy

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