The marine renewable energy industry is an emerging industry globally. Ocean energy technologies and devices (e.g. offshore wind farms, wave energy generators) are being developed around the world. Our current understanding of its potential and effects is informed by research, largely driven by technology developers and research agencies in the Northern Hemisphere. We will hear from experts of emerging research into Southern Hemisphere physical oceanographic conditions and major engineering challenges, including biofouling. We will also hear about conflict surrounding this sector’s development in the Northern Hemisphere and how it can be avoided in the south.
Speakers: Dr Mark Hemer (CSIRO), Dr Jessica Walker (AMC) and Dr Karen Alexander (IMAS)