Last week at the Coastal Studies Institute, the eighth annual North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) symposium brought a range of scientists, students, and marine hydrokinetic energy industry professionals together from across the state, and beyond. The headcount rang in at 97 total attendees—the best number yet for this annual academic event. The two-day symposium involved over 20 presentations from researcher partners, serving to update the group and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on the year’s progress across their various complementary fields of work.
Keynote speakers from the U.S. Department of Energy and Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center highlighted emerging opportunities in marine energy and the future of ocean energy research and funding, reinforcing the overall air of anticipation and excitement for the emerging renewable energy frontier.
Among the most enthusiastic attendees were 40 undergraduate and graduate students from institutions across North Carolina: University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Twenty of the student attendees presented their own research relating to renewable ocean energy and participated in a poster competition judged by the TAC of the NCROEP. Winners were chosen for the undergraduate and graduate categories based on the quality of the research, poster, and presentation.
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