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    Marine Hydrokinetics (MHK) Power News

    MHK is hydro…and here to stay


    I’ve had MHK on the brain for quite a while now. And for good reason. 

    Not only did I just come back from the Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference in Seattle where I was immersed in wave and tidal energy knowledge for a week, I am involved in the development of the Wave, Tidal and In-Stream track at HydroVision International 2014. Between these two conferences, I have spent a considerable amount of time thinking, talking and writing about marine hydrokinetics and where it is headed in the coming years.

    One of the unique questions I heard while in Seattle was why I was there, as Hydro Review is, well, a hydroelectric power publication. “And MHK isn’t hydro.”

    To us, it is! And an important portion of our content and news coverage. 

    It’s not the first time someone has wondered what our connection to marine hydrokinetics is and I’m sure it won’t be the last. However, it does present the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the tie between conventional hydro and marine hydrokinetics as we see it, and further open the dialogue.

    The research and development happening in the marine hydrokinetic sector is incredibly exciting and an important component in the larger mix of energy generation worldwide. We see marine hydrokinetics as an important sector of energy generation that takes advantage of the coastal resources conventional hydropower cannot and provides clean, renewable, and vital energy. 

    As such, we cover it here on HydroWorld.com under the “Marine Hydrokinetics (MHK)” tab under Hydro Project Activity on the homepage. Here, we cover the news of the sector in North America and worldwide. We also are open to posting additional news, so please forward your press releases or content to our online editor Michael Harris (michaelh@pennwell.com) for consideration.

    We also print feature stories and a back-of-the-book news department about marine hydrokinetics in our North American magazine, Hydro Review, and our international magazine, HRW – Hydro Review Worldwide. As such, we would love to hear about your projects, arrays, and tests. Please tell me about them (bethanyd@pennwell.com)!

    Lastly, we have a stellar Wave, Tidal and In-Stream track at HydroVision International this year in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, that you will not want to miss. The track offers the unique opportunity to link experts in the marine hydrokinetic sector with utilities, product and service providers, and interested parties from the conventional sector, creating the opportunity for new business and stimulating dialogue between the two. 

    As an attendee of marine hydrokinetic events, I am incredibly excited to help put this track together. One session in particular that  I would recommend attending is Session 3G, held Thursday, July 24, from 8:30-10:00 AM. Entitled “Towards a Common Goal: Fostering Collaboration between MHK and Conventional Hydro,” this session will feature panelists addressing both the opportunities and challenges for collaboration between conventional hydropower and marine hydrokinetic technologies. Both sectors can benefit dramatically from a collaborative approach that includes sharing resources instead of competing for them. For more information about the other six sessions and to register, check out HydroEvent.com. 

    We are always looking for ways to improve our coverage of the marine hydrokinetic sector, and would love your help in that!

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