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Webinar: Marine Renewable Energy and The Blue Economy

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018, 12:00

Tuesday, October 9, 2018. 12:00 PM. Webinar: Marine Renewable Energy and The Blue Economy. Carrie Schmaus, Department of Energy. Sponsored by NOAA. Details.

Abstract: Marine renewable energy – energy from waves, currents, and tides – has the potential to provide a locally sourced, emissions free, reliable form of power where electricity could otherwise not be generated. This energy could power distributed maritime markets and coastal communities, as well as alleviate electricity access challenges for isolated island communities, national disaster responders, and ocean researchers. Additionally, energy innovation in these markets could power growth in the booming “Blue Economy”, estimated by some to contribute $1.5-3 trillion annually, or roughly 3-5% of the global GDP. The Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) at the US Department of Energy (DOE) is working to advance cutting-edge technology in this sector. In this presentation, I will discuss the work at WPTO and look ahead to what the future could hold.

About the Speaker: Carrie Schmaus is a 2018 Knauss Fellow at the Water Power Technologies Office at the US Department of Energy, where she works as a marine science analyst and interagency coordinator. Before joining DOE, she worked as a research fellow at the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, a DC-based non-profit that educates about successful public-private partnership models. She graduated with her master’s from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Wittenberg University with a degree in biology. 

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