I've had MHK on the brain for quite a while now. And for good reason.
Not only did I just come back from soaking up wave and tidal energy knowledge at the Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference in Seattle, I am involved in the development of the Wave, Tidal and In-Stream track for HydroVision International 2014. Between these two conferences, I have spent a considerably amount of time thinking, talking, and writing about marine hydrokinetics recently.
One of the unique questions I heard while in Seattle was why I was there, as Hydro Review covers the hydroelectric power industry, "and MHK isn't hydro."
To us, it is! And an important portion of our content and news coverage.
It's not the first time someone has wondered what our connection to marine hydrokinetics is and I'm sure it won't be the last. However, it does present the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the tie between conventional hydro and marine hydrokinetics as we see it, and open the door for further collaboration.
The research and development happening in the marine hydrokinetic sector is incredibly exciting and an important component in the larger mix of energy generation worldwide. We see marine hydrokinetics as an important sector of energy generation that takes advantage of the plentiful coastal resources conventional hydropower cannot and provides and clean, renewable and vital energy. The two sectors have tremendous potential to collaborate and share both knowledge and resources to achieve the common goal of clean energy.
As such, we cover it here on HydroWorld.com under the "Marine Hydrokinetics (MHK)" tab under Hydro Project Activity on the homepage. Here, we cover the news of the sector, and are always looking for more! So please feel free to send your press releases and other news accouncements to our online editor Michael Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
We also print feature stories and a news department about marine hydrokinetics in our North American magazine, Hydro Review, and our international magazine, HRW - Hydro Review Worldwide. If you have a story idea to pitch or a project we should be talking about, please let me know at email@example.com.
Lastly, we have a stellar Wave, Tidal and In-Stream Power track at HydroVision International this year in Nashville, Tenn., USA, that you will not want to miss if you work or are considering doing work in MHK. I am incredibly excited to help put this track together, and want to feature two sessions that I think are "can't miss" opportunities!
On Thursday, July 24, we will be opening the day at 8:30 with a session focused on this collaboration element I've mentioned, entitled "Towards a Common Goal: Fostering Collaboration between MHK and Conventional Hydro." This session will feature panelists addressing both the opportunities and challenges for collaboration between conventional hydropower and marine hydrokinetic technologies. Both sectors can benefit from this kind of approach, one that includes sharing resources instead of competing for them.
Another key session to attend is a first-of-its-kind Supply Chain Meet-and-Greet, held on Friday, July 25, and designed to specifically link project developers with the product and service providers they need to move ahead with their development. The setting will be informal and perfect for building new business relationships and make the connections you need to make to get your project in the water.
For more information on the Wave, Tidal, and In-Stream track and to register, check out HydroEvent.com.
We look forward to getting to know even more you in the sector and covering your news! And personally, I look forward to meeting you all at the Supply Chain Meet-and-Greet.