The workshop took place in Las Cruces. The event focused on the characteristics of the Chilean coast to discuss subjects such as Resource Assessment, Technology Actualization, Marine Corrosion and Social Policies.

Last week the Marine Research and Innovation Center (MERIC) and the International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy (INORE), organized a collaborative workshop at the Coastal Marine Research Station (ECIM by its Spanish acronym), in Las Cruces. The purpose of this meeting was to exchange research ideas and deliver a technical training on different aspects to consider when developing a marine energy project.

For Valeria Espinoza, workshop coordinator and researcher in the Ecosystem Evaluation and Human Perception project at MERIC, the workshop: “organized by INORE and MERIC was a fruitful experience to establish links between researchers from Chile and abroad. Being an informal and familiar instance, experts and young researchers comfortably exchanged knowledge and insights. This was a great opportunity to analyze different aspects that must be considered in a marine energy project, particularly the local conditions of the coast. I hope that this is the beginning of a joint effort to study marine energy and contribute in its development”.

The discussion was strongly based in the unique characteristics of the Chilean coast. The attendees formed two groups where they talked about subjects such as Resource Assessment, Technology Actualization, Marine Corrosion and Social Policies. Once they acquired new knowledge on these topics, they designed their own projects, based both in their own experience and the new insights.

About this experience, Tatti Hernández-Madrigal, researcher at INORE, said: “The Las Cruces workshop allowed INORE to create a new network with Chilean researchers. Participants had the chance to learn from experts, who guided them on how to consider the different aspects that are relevant for marine energy projects. INORE, in collaboration with MERIC and its various researchers, conducted this workshop in the stunning facilities of ECIM”

Practical work

For the first team, the expert in charge gave them real data on the project location, as well as a list of available devices and their characteristics. With these tools, the members analyzed both the most suitable deployment location and device. On the other hand, the second team had real data on the requirements to develop a marine energy central, but they had to find the mandatory permissions and how to obtain them.

At the end of the workshop both teams presented their projects in front of the expert panel, highlighting the advantages of each proposal.