The Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) is hosting two free events – ‘Current Trends in Wave Energy & Technology’ and ‘How to hack a bank’

Current Trends in Wave Energy & Technology: (Tuesday 15th March, Novotel, London West, 7pm)

Ocean energy has an essential role to play in response to increasing energy needs and CO2 reduction. It is safe, inexhaustible and mostly predictable, offering security of supply, innovation and economic development. Marine energy offers a predictable and consistent source of renewable energy (DECC 2015).

Developing the potential of marine energy resources will help the UK save 61 Mt of CO2 by 2025 – valued at an estimated £1.1 billion to the UK economy and help meet the UK’s renewable energy objectives. Marine energy has the potential to meet up to 20% of the UK’s current electricity demand, representing a 30-to-50 GW installed capacity. Between 200 – 300 MWs of generation capacity may be able to be deployed by 2020, and at the higher end of the range, up to 27 GWs by 2050 (DECC RE Roadmap).

Wave energy converters (WECs) capture the energy contained in ocean waves to generate electricity. Extracting energy from ocean waves is not a recent phenomenon, as researchers have been studying different concepts or solutions since the 1970s. Today, the technology has evolved to a phase where different concepts are being tested at a full scale, with more than a hundred projects at various stages of development. 

Future evolution of the sector will aim for an initial deployment of demonstrating WECs in small arrays of 10 MW, close to shore or on specific testing emplacements. Making the jump to the full commercial phase requires some research on the basic components to reduce costs and increase the performance. The UK is at the forefront of the marine renewable energy industry, through its research and development programmes, test facilities, and offshore experience from oil and gas extraction.  

Speaker: Dr George A Aggidis BEng(Hons), MSc, PhD, Eur Ing, CEng, CMarEng, FIMehE, FEI, FIMarEST, FIET.

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How to hack a bank: (Wednesday 6th April 2016 The Adelaide, Teddington, 7.15 pm)

Exploitation of technologies, processes and people to successfully gain persistent access to an organisations network. From the first phishing email to the complete compromise of an organisations IT infrastructure, how an attacker goes about their business. This talk is based on controlled attacks performed on organisations (largely financial) and highlights the ever increasing need for technical security controls and security awareness. Both technical and non-technical content will be covered and should be suitable for all audiences.

Speaker: Julian Storr – Senior Consultant – NCC Group

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