Workshop 7



Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Japanese Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry, the United States Department of Energy, Okinawa Prefecture, and the State of Hawai’i, to develop and deploy clean and renewable energies as the “Hawaii Okinawa Clean Energy Cooperation” in June 2010, there have been multiple activities focusing on the possibility of cooperative projects relating to the introduction of clean energy. One of the projects in accordance with this partnership is the ocean energy workshop, held annually since 2010.


Workshop Details

Thank you to all who participated in 2016. We look forward to seeing you again in 2017.

Preliminary Information on the 8th Ocean Energy Workshop


June 23-24, 2017 (Tentative)


Kona, Big Island, Hawai'i


The State of Hawai'i, Okinawa Prefecture, Kumejima Town, Hawai'i County


VERGE Hawaii

Dates:June 6-22, 2017

Location:Honolulu, Oahu

About:A global event focusting on clean energy technologies and systems, in partnership with Hawaii State's Department of Energy.

The above information is included as draft information. Dates and times may be subject to change.

Past Events

7th Ocean Energy Symposium and Workshop




September 16-17, 2016

Kumejima Town

Despite a nearby typhoon, participants from Hawaii and Okinawa gathered for two days in Kumejima for a sucessful Symposium and Workshop with keynote speakers Takao Kashiwagai of AES, Ross Matzkin-Briger of the US DOE, and Michio Hashimoto of the Headquarter for Ocean Policy. Details of the agenda can be downloaded here.

Related events included the 5th Kumejima-Hawai'i County Sister City Anniversary Celebration and the 2016 Kumejima Hawai'ian Festival.

6th Ocean Energy Workshop




August 19-20, 2015


A large number of deep seawater use companies traveled to Kona for the 6th Ocean Energy Workshop. With an MOU signed by NELHA, JMU, Makai Ocean Engineering, Xenesys, Saga University, Yokogawa Electric, and Kobe Steel at the end.

Makai Engineering also "turned on" their 105kW OTEC plant during a ceremony alongside the workshop.

More Past OEWS

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October 30-31, 2014 @ Kumejima

September 13, 2013 @ Kona

September 11-12, 2012 @ Kumejima

September 11-12, 2011 @ Kona

November 11, 2010 @ Kumejima