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15  March, 2021

IEA-OES Announces New Vice-Chair of the ExCo

The IEA Technology Collaboration Programme on Ocean Energy Systems (OES) announces the appointment of Dr Purnima Jalihal as new Vice-Chair of the OES Executive Committee.
Purnima Jalihal is a senior scientist, head of the Energy and Fresh Water group in the National Institute of Ocean Technology in India, and Alternate Member at the IEA-OES on behalf of the Government of India.

Purnima Jalihal joins the Cabinet committee currently formed by a Chairman, Yann-Hervé De Roeck from France, Vice-Chair Matthijs Soede from the European Commission and Ana Brito Melo, Executive Secretary from Portugal. The Cabinet oversees the work programme conducted by a group of 22 member countries and the European Commission, ensuring the effective running of OES. Purnima was elected at the 40th Executive Committee Meeting held last week on the 10th and 11th March.
“We are honoured to have Purnima in this leadership position at the IEA-OES. Her action within the TCP has already been appreciable, in particular in leading the reflection on Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC). The representation of the global dimension of the TCP will also be strengthened by Purnima's participation in the cabinet, not to mention her contribution to the gender balance, and we look forward to her active contribution to the ExCo.”, said Yann-Hervé De Roeck.

Purnima said “I would like to thank the ExCo of the IEA-OES for electing me as Vice Chair. I hope that in this role, I will be able to promote ocean energies and help take forward more multi country initiatives in the future. Being from India, I also bring in a different location perspective which can help diversify the tasks towards additional forms of ocean energy.” 
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Ocean Energy Systems (OES)
Ocean Energy Systems (OES) is also known as the ‘Technology Collaboration Programme on Ocean Energy Systems’ under the International Energy Agency (IEA). It is an intergovernmental collaboration between countries, which operates under a framework established by the International Energy Agency in Paris. Presently, the OES has 24 member countries with a number of other observer countries in the process of joining. The OES connects organisations and individuals working in the ocean energy sector to accelerate the viability, uptake and acceptance of ocean energy systems in an environmentally acceptable manner. The work of the OES covers all forms of energy generation in which sea water forms the motive power through its physical and chemical properties, i.e. wave, tidal range, tidal and ocean currents, ocean thermal energy conversion and salinity gradients.

The OES international co-operation facilitates:
•    Securing access to advanced R&D teams in the participating countries;
•    Developing a harmonized set of measures and testing protocols for the testing of prototypes; 
•    Reducing national costs by collaborating internationally;
•    Creating valuable international contacts between government, industry and science;
•    Sharing information and networking.  

International Energy Agency (IEA)
Established in 1974, the International Energy Agency (IEA) carries out a comprehensive programme of energy co-operation for its 29 member countries and beyond by examining the full spectrum of energy issues and advocating policies that will enhance energy security, economic development, environmental awareness and engagement worldwide.
The Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP)
The TCP supports the work of independent, international groups of experts that enable governments and industries from around the world to lead programmes and projects on a wide range of energy technologies and related issues. The experts in these collaborations work to advance the research, development and commercialisation of energy technologies. The scope and strategy of each collaboration is in keeping with the IEA Shared Goals of energy security, environmental protection and economic growth, as well as engagement worldwide. The Technology Collaboration Programme was created with a belief that the future of energy security and sustainability starts with global collaboration. The programme is made up of 6,000 experts across government, academia, and industry dedicated to advancing common research and the application of specific energy technologies.
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Ocean Energy Systems (OES), is a Technology Collaboration Programme on Ocean Energy Systems. It is an intergovernmental collaboration between countries, which operates under a framework established by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris.

Presently, OES consist of 22 member countries and the European Commission.
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