Re-Port of New Bedford News Oct 2020

ABOVE – A view from the Port of New Bedford walking and cycling path from City Pier 3 to Pope’s Island. 

FEATURE STORY by Steven Froias for the New Bedford Ocean Cluster

The UMassD 2020 Marine Renewable Energy Conference: On and Off the Grid – and all online 

“We have all the most important people in renewable energy at this event!” says Elise Rapoza, Assistant Director of Corporate Engagement at UMass Dartmouth and organizer of the Marine Renewable Energy Conference. 

In a strange twist, the need to go virtual during the Covid-19 pandemic is actually allowing events like the Marine Renewable Energy Conference to deepen its bench and broaden its reach. International and national figures can participate without the need for travel – and participants can learn about the blue economy future centered around the New Bedford Ocean Cluster and the Port of New Bedford from their home offices or living rooms anywhere. 

That’s why Rapoza is so excited to be putting together the Marine Renewable Energy Conference, her first but UMassD’s third such conference.

On Thursday, November 12 from noon to 5:00 p.m., the virtual event will bring together a diverse group of industry insiders, academic experts, and public policymakers to share their experiences and thoughts on the latest developments in ocean energy. 

The keynote speaker will be  Alejandro Moreno, Director of the Waterpower Technology Office, U.S. Department of Energy. 

Alex Thillerup of Xodus Group, a leading global wind energy consultancy, will also be featured at the conference. Xodus Group has been tasked by the Port of New Bedford to assemble the New Bedford Ocean Cluster.

UMassD writes that this iteration of the conference is inspired by the U.S. Department of Energy’s recent publication, “Powering the Blue Economy” which explores opportunities for marine renewable energy to serve the needs of various maritime markets. 

“Though on Zoom, this will not be a webinar-style conference, and will instead enable participants to interact, if they so wish, whether through Q&A sessions, in a designated networking room, or in one of the ‘showcase’ rooms featuring different providers of research and development infrastructure.”

You can RSVP to attend the conference at this link. There, you’ll also find an agenda for the conference and further background information. 


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