The 15th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

EWTEC2023 | 3rd – 7th September 2023 in Bilbao, Spain



Dr Jesús María Blanco Ilzarbe – EWTEC 2023 Chair
Associate Professor at the University of the Basque Country, School of Engineering, Fluid Mechanics Department and lecturer at the Open University 

Jesús M. Blanco (PhD) is Associate Professor at the University of the Basque Country, School of Engineering, Fluids Mechanics Department from 1993 and lecturer at the Open University since 1997. MSc by Research in 2009 (School of Engineering, Cranfield University, UK). Responsible of a Doctorate course since 1999 focused on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and assistant lecturer in Cranfield University from 2008 where he has been doing several research stays since 2008. Current research interests are focused on CFD models, blended learning and educational innovation projects. 

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Professor Iñigo Losada – “Wave energy: a problem of scales”
Professor at the School of Civil Engineering of the University of Cantabria and Director of Research of the Instituto de Hidráulica Ambiental-IHCantabria.

Challenges to overcome in wave energy technologies are diverse, ranging from material and structure mechanics to floating body dynamics and seakeeping related issues. All of them are directly affected by wave climate.
On the present talk I will focus on the role of wave climate time scales on wave energy technology. From the importance of the short term over power production, to the threats of climate change over WEC operation. I will also address the importance of analyzing the wave-structure interaction problem at different scales, from lab to prototype, and describe some collaborations and initiatives like TRL+, MAR+, TurboWAVE, EuropeWave, REM and REM+ where numerical modelling, laboratory testing, sea trials, education and capacity building are combined towards a unique stepwise procedure to catalyze wave energy deployment.

Iñigo Losada is Professor at the School of Civil Engineering of the University of Cantabria and Director of Research of the Instituto de Hidráulica Ambiental-IHCantabria. He is also the Scientific Director of the Cantabria Ocean and Coastal Basin (CCOB), one of the Large-Scale Research Facilities of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. Losada’s research has been focused on ocean & coastal engineering and climate change adaptation in coastal areas. His contributions range from basic aspects related to climate and marine dynamics to the development of probabilistic methods for risk analysis, climate change adaptation and to offshore wind and wave energy technologies. One of the fundamental characteristics of his work is the systemic vision applied to the analysis of risks and their solutions in the marine environment, integrating different disciplines, temporal and spatial scales, as well as his ability to transfer and use this knowledge to address important challenges for our society. Losada has received some of the highest recognitions in his field: the M. Selim Yalin Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) in 2021, the John G. Moffatt and Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2017 and the Spanish National Research Award in Engineering in 2022. He is Editor-in-Chief of Coastal Engineering.

Andrew Scott – “Journey of a tidal turbine product”
CEO of Orbital Marine Power Ltd.

A review of the Orbital Marine Power technology development programme over the years as it has engineered, built, operated, and innovated unique solutions with its pioneering floating tidal turbines and to provide an insight into the techno-economic characteristics that are used to drive convergence on a product that can enable a commercially successful business model.

Andrew leads the team at Orbital Marine Power, having joined the business as CEO in 2015, and has a background of over 20 years at the forefront of the marine renewables industry; in both pioneering wave and tidal development programmes.
Andrew has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Strathclyde University and a postgraduate in Energy from Heriot-Watt University. Since taking the helm at Orbital Andrew has directed a targeted engineering process to create a strikingly innovative technological solution that can enable a new global market in an entirely new renewable energy sector. Complimenting this, Andrew is the driving force that generates the vision for the company to engage across stakeholder bases and works closely with the financial and commercial elements of the team to deliver an inspiring breakthrough business focused on helping turn the tide on climate change.



Closing ceremony with the EWTEC 2021 Chair, Associate Professor Jesús M. Blanco and Chairs of EWTEC 2025 (Madeira) and EWTEC 2027 (to be announced at the Gala Dinner).