HALIFAX, NS, CANADA – This November, WTC Halifax is hosting the world’s top experts in the marine renewable energy industry for the 5th International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE). Held for the first time outside of Europe, this year’s conference demonstrates the surge of international interest toward Canada’s strengths and leadership potential in ocean energy.
"This conference is an exciting outcome of collaboration and partnership that we're very proud to be a part of," said Scott Ferguson, president and CEO of WTC Halifax. "ICOE puts our province and experts on a world stage, illustrating the cutting edge work and global acclaim of our local industry."
WTC Halifax worked closely with Marine Renewables Canada to attract and host the conference that drew international awareness to Nova Scotia's thriving ocean technology sector. In recent years, Nova Scotia has attracted over 200 local companies and institutions developing ocean-related products and services. The sector is further support by the tremendous energy potential in the Bay of Fundy and associated work through the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy.
First established in 2006, ICOE has grown to almost 1000 participants from over 40 countries and is now recognized as the world’s pre-eminent industry-development event. Through conference sessions, an exhibition, and multiple networking events, ICOE 2014 will stimulate collaboration aimed at maximizing opportunities between companies, researchers, development centers, and operators with experience in related marine and power industry sectors.
PHOTO: An acoustic Doppler current profiler deployment by Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy, Canada’s leading research center for in-stream tidal energy. The instrument can be used to measure the direction and speed of rushing water. (Photo Credit: Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy)