Themes and sessions will be finally determined by the Scientific Committee after viewing the submitted abstracts, but here we provide some guidance (and perhaps inspiration) to the scope of the conference.

  1. Environmental interactions should be seen as a two-way process, thus including both the effect of developments on the environment and effects of the environment on engineering performance and energy yield.
  2. The scope includes the social and economic context of marine renewable energy development and interactions of developments with society and other maritime activities. The effect of existing policy and legislation on practice and projections of proposed legislation are included.
  3. Priorities identified by ORJIP’s Ocean Energy Forward Look are a useful guide to key impacts on the environment and reducing consenting risk, but presentations on longer-term issues such as cumulative effects of large-scale development are also welcome.
  4. Resource assessment and the reduction of actual yield by degradation in the environment (e.g. bio-fouling, corrosion and abrasion by sediments) are within scope.
  5. Presentations should be relevant to one or more of wave energy, tidal stream energy or tidal range energy, but lessons learnt from offshore wind and other industries are welcome.

We expect to see the results of case studies at test sites and demonstration sites, both local to Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters, and much further afield.