Master's Candidate Briana Goodwin Presents on NNMREC's South Energy Test Site   May 18, 2015

Briana Goodwin, an Oregon State University Master's Candidate in Marine Resource Management, presented her research at two conferences earlier in 2015. Briana's thesis research is an evaluation of the process used by Oregon Sea Grant and NNMREC to choose the site for a grid-connected, open-ocean test facility for full-scale wave energy devices, the Pacific Marine Energy Center's South Energy Test Site (PMEC-SETS). She presented the results of her evaluation in March 2015 at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA and in April 2015 at the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability Conference in Bend, OR.

Research about stakeholder engagement in the process of siting marine renewable energy facilities is an emerging field of study. Also, gaining a better understanding of how to design and implement processes that effectively engage communities in wave energy siting could lead to more-successful siting efforts in the future. Recommendations for wave energy siting processes were made based on the results of the evaluation and a review of relevant literature.

Students Network for the Future of Offshore Energy   June 18, 2015

In May 2015, NNMREC students Caitlin Forinash, Chris Sharp, and Alex Simpson and postdoc Bret Bosma flew across the great waters of the Atlantic to attend the International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy (INORE) European Symposium in Naples, Italy. INORE facilitates networking among emerging wind, wave, and tidal energy researchers; offering events that allow young minds from around the world to meet, collaborate, and share knowledge.

The NNMREC team joined fellow “INOREans” (pictured here) in contributing to poster sessions, participating in collaboration activities, and attending social events. After a series of talks given by select INOREans and invited guest speakers, the team had the opportunity to visit SUN University and the Federico II University wave facilities (pictured here).

The team reports that the event served as a brainstorming session that contributed to their research, and connections were made for possible future collaborations. The next INORE event will be hosted by the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs in the San Juan Islands in October 2015. For early-stage researchers interested in marine renewable energy, consider investigating INORE!

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