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Vernon Harcourt Lecture 2016: Marine Renewables – Crossing the Valley of Death, London

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08 February 2016

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The first known patent for wave energy was filed over 200 years ago in Paris.  The first co-ordinated programme of research in marine energy was undertaken in the 1970s.  In the last 20 years, the industry has rapidly grown and achieved a number of important milestones in demonstrating the viability of marine energy.

The UK and Scottish Governments have clear aspirations of realising the potential of the industry by generating renewable energy while creating jobs from an indigenous industry. To enable this they have put in a broad suite of policies and support mechanisms.

Despite this long history and desire to realise the market potential, in 2016 commercial marine energy is still not a reality.  What are the challenges to the industry in crossing the valley of death?  Are the barriers technical – such as the challenges of working in the aggressive offshore environment – or are they socio-economic?

Clare Lavelle of Arup will review the substantial progress made by the industry in demonstrating the viability of marine energy and opine on the future of the industry and its route to commerciality.

The lecture will be chaired by Keith Clarke, Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers.


18:00 Registration and refreshments
18:30 Welcome from the Chair
18:35 Main lecture
19:15 Questions and answers session 
19:35 Summation from the Chair
19:40 Finish

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