A PATCH on ‘Blue Energy’
PATCH’s (Ports Adapting To Change) ‘Blue Energy’ workshop, hosted by the Port of Ramsgate, will take place later this month on 22 June 2012.
The Blue Energy workshop is being organised by Seeports strategist Howard Holt and will follow on from a similar event held in September 2010. Whereas the previous workshop focused on opportunities for ports from offshore wind energy, this month's workshop will look beyond wind to the opportunities for ports from wave and tidal energy.
Mr Holt said to GreenPort: "These opportunities range from small scale energy generation based within the ports themselves to the construction and servicing of large offshore wave and tidal energy devices. PATCH is particularly interested in the possibilities for medium and smaller ports, who by their nature have limited resources, but can benefit from assistance in first understanding the technologies and then working with the developers and their suppliers to assist in the deployment of suitable wave and tidal energy devices."
The one day Ramsgate workshop brings together a number of ports from across north west Europe, together with other interested parties, to engage with presenters covering issues ranging from policy, resources and skills through to practical solutions.
It will include an introduction to the PATCH project from Wim Stubbe, Port of Oostende, PATCH project lead partner, a session on developing marine renewable energy in the UK from David Krohn, Wave and Tidal Energy development manager, Renewable UK and a discussion about ports and offshore renewable energy led by David Whitehead, director of the British Ports Association. Interested parties should register for the workshop online
Ports Adapting To Change (PATCH) is an EU funded transnational collaboration project between eight ports including Ramsgate, Newhaven, Portsmouth, Calais, Zeebrugge, Zeeland Seaports and Oostende. PATCH hosted a conference at Seawork last month on ways to improve strategy on the important issues of management, financing and cooperation at ports.
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