Annual Report 2018

Interview with ICOE - 2020


The International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) is a prestigious international event focused on the industrial development of ocean energy. OES has close link with ICOE.






Linda Church Ciocci is the President and CEO of the National Hydropower Association (NHA), also currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), vice-chair of the Energy and Environment Study Institute (EESI), and founding member of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).


OES: NHA is hosting ICOE 2020 in Washington, D.C. What does NHA aim to achieve for the international ocean energy industry, for the USA, for the future of ICOE?

Marine energy is the world’s next-gen renewable, and ICOE 2020 is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on its potential as a carbon-free source of energy. For the international ocean energy community, our goal is to make ICOE 2020 the premiere event to showcase device innovation and new market developments. And for U.S. developers, ICOE 2020 creates the ideal platform to learn from industry leaders from around the world and share advancements in research and technology breakthroughs. As countries throughout the world are searching for clean energy solutions, ocean energy continues to inch closer to commercialization. And not only does marine energy have the potential to power electric grids across the world, it could also support the needs of the blue economy – critical maritime industries and missions such as ocean exploration, national security, or aquaculture. From around the world, stakeholders, experts and exhibitors from the marine energy sectors (tidal, wave, ocean currents, ocean thermal gradients) recognize ICOE as the gold standard event for advancing the industry’s priorities. Our goal at NHA is to continue this tradition, while ensuring the future success of the program.

The technology development process, as described by Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) 1-8, assesses the status of a technology as it progresses from concept to commercial product. As the TRL increases, the technical and financial risk associated with the technology reduces and financial support moves from public funding towards private investment.