March 2016

"Ocean and River Current Renewable Energy Resources" Presentation

Organized by the APEGBC Okanagan Branch

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. For space availability, please contact [email protected]
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM 
Location: UBC Okanagan: Room 1101, EME Building - 1137 Alumni Way, Kelowna, BC
Presenter: Dr. Gouri Bhuyan, P.Eng.
Credit: 1 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Free
Join the Okanagan Branch for a presentation titled, "Ocean and River Current Renewable Energy Resources: Opportunities & Developmental Status" with Dr. Gouri Bhuyan, P.Eng.

Ocean renewable energy offers the potential for long-term greenhouse gas emission reduction and to aid sustainable development. There is significant scope of renewable energy from oceans, particularly tidal current and ocean thermal energy as well as from river current energy. Currently there are many technologies being developed worldwide to harness these renewable resources for different utilizations, such as, producing electricity and drinking water, as well as for air conditioning, aquaculture and other applications. At international level, various national governments are working collaboratively towards necessary policy development for enabling commercialization and deployment of these emerging renewable resources.

The presentation will focus on relevant conversion processes, resource potential as well as current status of market and industry development. Current relevant Canadian project initiatives will be discussed.


6:00 PM: Registration and networking
6:15 PM:  Presentation by Dr. Bhuyan
6:50 PM: Q&A
7:15 PM: Closing


Dr.Gouri Bhuyan, P.Eng.
Lead Integrity Engineer , BC Oil and Gas Commission

Dr.  Bhuyan is a Lead Integrity Engineer with the BC Oil and Gas Commission in Kelowna. Prior to joining the Commission, Dr. Bhuyan worked at Powertech Labs (the consulting subsidiary of BC Hydro) for 25 years playing different engineering and management roles. He represented Government of Canada at the IEA OES from 2002 till 2008. He was also the Operating Agent (Program Lead) for an IEA collaborative program on Integration of Wave and Tidal Current Energy Conversion Plants to Electricity Grids. He has led several national and international consulting projects on ocean renewable energy. He is a founding Director for Canadian national industrial association – Marine Renewable Canada. Currently, he is a member of several international committees responsible for developing standards and conformity assessment and certification process for marine energy sector. 

He holds a Master and a Doctoral Degree in Ocean Engineering, and a Fellow member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).  


  • Please register by March 25, 2016.
  • If you have any questions in regards to this event,  please contact the Okanagan Branch at [email protected]

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