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In his keynote address, Neil Kermode, Managing Director of the European Marine Energy Centre, demonstrates how the alchemy of turning seawater into electricity has finally been proven to be both predictable and achievable. He argues that much of the development has occurred in the remote archipelago of Orkney and has spurred an energy revolution which has led to hydrogen and the mass roll out of electric vehicles. Mr Kermode provides a personal perspective on the potential of marine energy to tackle climate issues and develop a new economy for the 21st century.

About the Speaker:

Neil Kermode has been the Managing Director of the European Marine Energy Centre – the world’s leading test facility for wave and tidal energy converters and winner of the 2016 Blue Economy Business Awards – since 2005, and has overseen the deployment of more marine energy technologies in the seas around Orkney than have been deployed at any other site in the world. Prior to working at EMEC, Mr Kermode worked as a project developer of a potential tidal scheme, following six years at the Environment Agency dealing with regulation and development issues. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Chartered Environmentalist. Mr Kermode has spoken on marine energy extensively in the UK and internationally, and is passionate advocate for a sustainable energy future.