As part of the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2016, the Energy Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University ([email protected]) organised the 3rd Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (AWTEC) 2016 on 25-27 October 2016 in Singapore. AWTEC 2016 exemplifies international cooperation and the sharing of knowledge in the area of wave and tidal energy. There is a number of exciting and collaborative research projects and technology development programmes being undertaken in marine renewables; and a large number of these were shared throughout AWTEC 2016 by experts from private sectors, academia, as well as policymakers from around the world.
Marine energy research, technology devices and commercial systems have risen rapidly in the last ten years. From those experiences, there is an extensive understanding of the challenges and issues to be addressed for the successful development of a wave and tidal current power industry. To facilitate that development, AWTEC’s key priorities this year are: sharing and exchange information on the recent research and development; as well as testing protocols for the deployment of wave and tidal current power technologies. With these key priorities, AWTEC 2016 hopes to accelerate the development of marine energy industry and of a wider international marine power market, to adopt common approaches and solutions for the generic components and systems of wave and tidal current power devices, where possible. It is expected that related industries can benefit from these efforts and establish common solutions, as well as promote the policies and supporting mechanisms of the countries/economies currently leading this development to scale the industry up to the international level.
ACE, having made an official agreement with [email protected] to collaborate in driving ocean renewable projects, activities and events in Southeast Asia through South East Asia Collaboration for Ocean Renewable Energy (SEAcORE), proudly supported the event. Dr. Sanjayan Velautham (ACE’s Executive Director), delivered his keynote speech on ‘Renewable Energy Policy Development and Its Impact on RE Deployment in ASEAN’ at the plenary session on the second day. He explained that the key initiatives on clean energy under the ASEAN Plan of Actions for Energy Cooperation 2016-2025 include the target to increase the component of renewable energy (RE) to 23% by 2025 in ASEAN Energy Mix. At the national level, increasing numbers of ASEAN Member States (AMS) are implementing policy measures and dedicating funds to encourage the deployment of clean energy generation. Defining a single common policy for the successful promotion of RE generation for all AMS is complex, particularly due to many factors that are country-specific. However, there is an encouraging rapid development of marine energy research towards the achievement of the regional clean energy target. (BS. Photo credit: NTU)