Marine Energy Week, a conference with history
The third edition of southern Europe’s largest marine energy conference will be held in Bilbao from 27 - 31 March, 2017. The event will attract leading agents, companies, researchers and decision-makers involved in the development of marine energy sources.
Since 2005, Bilbao has hosted a range of different international symposia on marine and offshore wind energy. Now, after almost a decade of development, these separate events have come together to form the Bilbao Marine Energy Week conference and exhibition – a week where the debate centres on the development and future of marine energy.
Welcome from Arantza Tapia
Basque Regional Minister for Economic Development and Competitiveness
The Basque energy industry has the technology, knowledge and leadership to establish itself in a competitive position in the field of marine
energy, an emerging international market which is set to experience major growth over coming years.
Pablo Ruiz-Minguela, Head of Wave Energy - TECNALIA
“It is in the hands of this generation to turn wave energy research into a commercial technology only if the public and private sector work together towards faster design convergence and cost reduction.”
Jean Huby, CEO, Areva Wind
“If we want to succeed in offshore wind we need to build strategic partnerships. We need to know the people, we need to network with them and here we have the whole industry present.”
Xabier Viteri, IBERDROLA
“Bilbao Marine Energy Week is a reference point in the area of offshore wind and marine energy. It is a unique forum for getting to know leading market agents, companies and decision-makers.”
José Luis Villate, director del Área de Energías Marinas. TECNALIA
Once again, this second Bilbao Marine Energy Week will include two days focusing on industrial themes, one on marine wind energy and the other on marine energy. This year, the event also features “bimep day”, showcasing the latest advances in research projects in the field of renewable marine energy.
Javier Marqués, Technical director of the Ente Vasco de la Energía
The Basque Country is a leader in marine energy, with examples including the working facility at Matriku and the bimep offshore research centre. Our technological development industry, our test centres and the burgeoning auxiliary maritime services industry have helped make the Bilbao Energy Week an important event created by and for the industry.