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Presentation of ICOE 2010, the International Conference on Ocean Energy, to be held next week in Bilbao

2010 September 30

The General Director of the Ente Vasco de la Energía (Basque Energy Agency - EVE), José Ignacio Hormaeche, the General Director of Tecnalia, Joseba Jaureguizar, and the Director of BasqueTour, Ana Izaguirre, this morning presented the International Conference on Ocean Energy, ICOE 2010, which will be held in the BEC between the 6th and the 8th of October. They also announced a surfing "Expression Session" in Sopelana, during the "Semana de las Olas" (Week of Waves), which will provide an opportunity for technologists and surfers to meet and share ideas and points of view on the sea and energy.

Top international experts in marine energy and leading firms in the exploitation of this renewable resource will be in Bilbao from the 6th to the 8th of October for the International Conference on Ocean Energy, ICOE 2010, the first event in the world dedicated to harnessing the energy of the oceans.

The Basque Country, with its pioneering initiatives and its companies that are leading the way in projects to make use of sea energy, will be the host for this, the third edition of the International Conference on Ocean Energy. The event's organisers are the Ente Vasco de la Energía (Basque Energy Agency - EVE) and the technology corporation TECNALIA.

The conference will bring together, within the Bilbao Exhibition Centre, more than 600 delegates from as far a field as the United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, China, New Zealand and various European countries.

The event has been structured around five plenary sessions and 18 parallel sessions, including 90 talks to be given by world experts on marine energy. In addition, the BEC will also house the stands of the main firms in attendance, where the latest technologies for harnessing the energy of the oceans will be on display.

The Basque Country, world leader in marine energy

During the press conference, José Ignacio Hormaeche reaffirmed the Basque Country's position as a leader in the field of marine energy. He went on to explain that the choice of Bilbao as the host city for ICOE 2010 has served to highlight the importance of all of the marine energy initiatives that are currently under way in the Basque Country. Specifically, he made reference to the Mutriku and Armintza projects, both implemented by EVE.

He told those present how the Mutriku facility will, via the power of the waves, generate enough energy each year to meet the needs of 600 people. The Bimep platform, to be positioned in front of the port of Armintza, in Lemoiz, will boast a research centre that will transform Lemoiz into a world reference point for marine energy research.

Surf in the Basque Country and the Expression Session

During her address, the Director of BasqueTour presented a new tourism product that is being developed by the Department of Tourism: Surf in the Basque Country. She stated that the Basque Country aims to promote surf tourism, taking advantage of the world-renowned quality of our waves. Izaguirre pointed out that, each year, these waves attract approximately 20,000 visitors, providing employment for around 600 people.

During the press conference it was also explained that, as part of ICOE 2010, a surfing "Expression Session" would be held in the town of Sopelana, giving technologists and surfers a chance to meet and share ideas and points of view on the sea and energy.


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  • José Ignacio Hormaeche, Director General del EVE. Joseba Jaureguizar, Director General de Tecnalia. Ana Izaguirre, Directora de BasqueTour