Tasmania’s reputation for hosting international business conferences received a boost recently as Hobart announced it had won its bid for the Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference Series (AWTEC) 2020. The conference is expected to attract 350 delegates and generate AUD$1m (US$740,000) for the Tasmanian economy.
Business Events Tasmania partnered with Tasmanian Business Event Ambassador Professor Neil Bose, principal of the Australian Maritime College (AMC) and his colleague associate professor Irene Penesis from the National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics, to bring the event to Tasmania.
CEO of Business Events Tasmania Stuart Nettlefold said: “Events such as this put Tasmania on the global stage and showcase Tasmania’s leadership in the marine renewable energy industry sector and our world leading research institutes and universities.”
Associate professor Penesis explained that Tasmania was ideally placed to host the conference as the state is at the forefront of marine renewable energy research in Australia.
“The Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania has the largest collection of marine renewable energy researchers in the country. Our research is founded on the huge renewable energy potential of Tasmania, with its powerful waves and tides, and proven hydro and wind resources.
“We work collaboratively with Australian wave and tidal energy companies to trial their commercially-ready devices in Tasmania, and we are delighted to be able to show the world how the state is leading the way in marine renewable energy research and development.”