ORONO — A delegation of scientists and industry officials from Japan is visiting the University of Maine for a three-day conference on tidal power.

The 11-member group is attending the Marine Energy International Symposium, which runs Monday through Wednesday. The conference is designed as a collaborative exchange between researchers in the Maine Tidal Power Initiative, which is based at the university, and various Japanese institutions.

The group also plans to travel to Eastport, the site of Ocean Renewable Power Co.’s tidal power generator that converts the energy of the ocean tides into electricity.

This is the second marine energy symposium. For the inaugural event last year, several University of Maine researchers visited Japan to discuss tidal power development and research opportunities in Maine and Japan’s Aomori district.

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