It was great to see the small-to-medium enterprises join OEEC 2021 in person and virtually. Some of them shared their most recent developments during the interviews and showcase videos. To mention some, wave energy company Novige and floating solar developer HelioRec discussed their clean energy solutions which are set to be an important contributor to the future energy mix. Similarly, Solar Duck presented their offshore floating solar technology and Ocean Grazer talked about their energy storage solutions.
In addition, the Marine Energy Session on Tuesday, 26 October featured four topics, each equally important for the successful commercialization and scale-up of marine energy technologies, that were hosted by Britta Schaffmeister, the CEO of Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC), which organised the session. The importance of combining marine energy sector was emphasized, especially by DMEC’s Benjamin Lehner who presented a pan-European collaborative project EU-Scores, which combines wave energy and floating solar with more developed industries such as bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind.
Business conversations and live studio programme
Doing business and networking was central at the event. During the exhibition days it was also possible to attend matchmaking sessions on-site and online, from “helmet on helmet off” quiz to a flying hydrogen boat there were some great sights on the exhibition floor.
For inspiration and knowledge gathering a free to attend Live Studio programme was presented. Business insights were shared in the Global Market Updates where trends and developments were presented in the fields or areas of expertise, including Occitanie region, European ocean energy, US offshore wind, Japanese, Polish and German markets.
Young professionals and students shared their view in Next Generation Perspectives, by a wide selection of representatives student and young associations like Young IRO, Energietalenten, Solar Boat Team and Young Energy Officer with backgrounds in electrical and mechanical engineering, marine technology, applied mathematics & physics and maritime officer. Exhibitors shared their innovations and visitors were able to put themselves or their business in the spotlight during a 90 second pitch. On top of this, a live reporter was present at the exhibition floor, which enabled the online event participants to see the latest innovations via their screen.
People are a critical factor to make all plans of the energy transition reality. That is why OEEC 2021 focused on the human capital side of the energy transition. This was visible on the exhibition floor, with the Navingo Career Event taking place simultaneously as part of OEEC. In the Live Studio with Employer Insights and Tips by TenneT, Huisman Equipment, Damen Shipyards Group, Nevesbu and MARIN. As well as in the conference program with the talk show A Changing Industry Means Changing People, where the human factor of the energy transition and the desire for a more inclusive workforce were discussed.
The Green Maritime Methanol consortium was surprised by the event organiser. Making the energy transition happen is hard work and requires collaboration. As appreciation, OEEC selected this initiative with nine contributing exhibitors and provided exposure among Offshore Energy’s international community via its global reach.
For those who missed out on the content program, all sessions have been recorded and are available On Demand. The next Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference takes place on 29 & 30 November 2022.
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