Background Information on PAMEC

The Pan American Marine Energy Conference is intended to bring together researchers in marine renewable energy in the Americas (including the Caribbean). This new research conference is part of a global network of conferences that includes the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC) and the Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (AWTEC).  It will be held in San Jose, Costa Rica Workshops will run from January 24 to 25, 2020 with the conference running from noon on January 26th to the evening of the 28th and a site tour of renewable energy projects near Liberia on the 29th. PAMEC is intended to foster the development of marine renewable energy through collaboration among researchers, developers, and suppliers.

Conference Framework

Each session at the conference will be framed with invited international experts on a topic. The session will then feature the work of regional researchers at the Masters, Ph.D. or Post Doc level on topics relevant to the development of the full range of energy supplies from or in the marine environment. The areas covered include offshore wind, waves, tidal, OTEC, salinity gradient and the technologies needed to integrate marine renewable energy into a local grid.


The Conference is being held under the auspices of the PAMEC.Energy Association and a Local Organizing Committee led by the Costa Rican utility, ICE, and the major universities in San Jose, including the University of Costa Rica. Program oversight is through the PAMEC Technical Program Board, which includes Prof. Richard Karsten, Acadia University Canada, Dr. Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA, Dr. Rodolfo Silva Casarín, University of Mexico, Luc Martin, General Manager ENERGÍA Marina SpA in Chile, Sandra Farwell, NS Department of Energy and Mines, Canada, Tattiana Hernández-Madrigal, PhD Candidate, Cardiff University, UK, Dr. José Rodrigo Rojas Morales, ICE, Costa Rica, and Bruce Cameron, Envigour Policy Consulting, Canada.

The Technical Board is also planning to add additional members, particularly from the ranks of emerging leaders in the field of Marine Renewable Energy research in Latin America.

The Conference is also supported by an Advisory Board that includes Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj from Southampton University and Cameron Johnstone from Strathclyde University, in the UK, on behalf of EWTEC; and Prof. Chul H Jo from Inha University in South Korea, and Prof. Jiahn-Horng Chen from National Taiwan Ocean University, on behalf of AWTEC.

Conference Themes

  • Opening Plenary and welcome
  • Government Leadership and Direction
  • Resource Assessment and Evaluation
  • Environmental Impacts and Mitigation
  • Technology Development
  • Integrating Marine and Other Renewables Solutions
  • Small Scale Tidal Opportunities and Experience in the Americas
  • Social and Policy Support Issues

For more information on the conference and how to support PAMEC.Energy Association, please sign up to become a member, or you can choose to just keep up to date by joining the Association’s email newsletter.

Date: October 25, 2020

A PDF of this page is also available: PAMEC Background.V1.1



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