A1: In Deep: The Global Opportunity in Floating
A2: Taking the Plunge: Delivering the Next Phase of UK Projects
A3: Gearing Up: Supply Chain and O&M
A4: The Big Blue: Global Insights from International Projects
Closing Remarks

Time                   Description
09.15 - 10.30                                                                                       

A1: In Deep: The Global Opportunity in Floating 

Welcome: Emma Pinchbeck, Executive, RenewableUK Emma Pinchbeck 1Hugh McNeal

Emma Pinchbeck is an Executive Director of RenewableUK. In that role she sets the overall strategy for the organisation's communications and policy teams. She is a passionate advocate for renewables in government and business, and regularly appears as an expert on the energy sector in the media. Before joining RenewableUK, Emma headed up Climate Change & Energy at the NGO WWF-UK, where she worked on issues like the international UN Paris Agreement on climate change, and a successful campaign to secure a phase out coal-fired power generation in the UK. Before WWF-UK, Emma worked in private consulting as an energy policy expert and in finance. She has an MA from the University of Oxford. Outside of the office, she is a mentor to young women in the energy sector, and is a keen competitive rower.

Keynote: Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Scottish Government
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Born in Belfast, Paul was raised in Edinburgh, attending Stewart's Melville College. He has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA from University of Edinburgh. He has lived in Berwickshire since 2000. ‪Paul is a professional economist and, since 1992, had specialised in higher and further education markets, policy evaluation and economic appraisal and impact assessment of capital projects.‬ Between May 2011 and September 2012 Paul served on the Scottish Parliament's Finance Committee, and the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee. And was the Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy of the Scottish Government. Previously, between May 2011 and Feb 2012, Paul served as Parliamentary Liaison Officer for the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment and the Minister for Climate Change. Prior to taking his Ministerial position Paul was a member of cross-party groups on Epilepsy, Rural Policy, Armed forces Veterans, Funerals and Bereavement, Boating and Marine Tourism and deputy convener of Sport.

Chair: Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables Claire Mack

Claire has been Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, the representative voice of Scotland’s renewable energy industry, since October 2017. She is responsible for leading the organisation’s work to grow Scotland’s renewables sector and sustain its position at the forefront of the global clean energy industry. Claire is a member of the First Minister’s Energy Advisory Board and the Renewables Industry Advisory Group, co-chaired by Scotland’s Energy Minister. Before joining Scottish Renewables, Claire was Director of Policy and Place at the Scottish Council for Development. She has previously worked in various roles at Ofcom in Scotland, focusing on economic regulation of telecoms, radio spectrum and the mail market while also looking at developing digital participation of individuals and businesses. Prior to this, Claire worked in retail and the construction industry as well as on regulation of regional broadcasting in the Borders and North East of England.

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Henrik Stiesdal, Former Chief Technology Officer at Siemens, Stiesdal Offshore Technologies A/S Henrik Stiesdel

Henrik Stiesdal is one of the pioneers of the modern wind industry. He built his first wind turbine in 1976 and in 1978 designed one of the first commercial wind turbines, licensed by Vestas in 1979. Henrik worked with Vestas until 1986 and joined Bonus Energy, later Siemens Wind Power in 1987. In 1988, he was appointed Technical Manager, and in 2000 Chief Technology Officer. He retired at the end of 2014. During his 40 years in the wind industry, Stiesdal has worked with all aspects of wind turbine technology, including fundamental research, turbine design, manufacturing, sales, project implementation, service and quality management. Post-retirement activities include floating wind turbines, energy storage, carbon-negative fuels, Lidars, and avian deterrent technologies. Henrik Stiesdal is associate professor at DTU Wind Energy and adjunct research professor at the University of Maine.

Sebastian Bringsværd, Hywind Development Director, Equinor Sebastian Bringsvaerd

Sebastian heads up Hywind Development in New Energy Solution for Statoil and focuses on commercialisation and deployment of the Hywind concept in existing and new markets. He is also responsible for the Batwind Project, an innovation project, “solving for” how storage can increase value of offshore wind. Sebastian has held different positions within the Statoil group; Head Innovation Network, as well as serving two years as the Office Manager for Statoil Iran, and business development within the International business area. He holds a Masters in Political Science from the University of Oslo and a Business Masters from Lancaster University in the UK.

11.15 - 12.30


A2: Taking the Plunge: Delivering the Next Phase of UK Projects

Chair: Sian Wilson, Senior Development Manager, Crown Estate Scotland Sian Wilson small bw

Sian Wilson is now a Senior Development Manager for Crown Estate Scotland.  Sian studied Offshore Technology at Cranfield University before beginning work in the wave and tidal sector in 2006.  During that time she worked on and managed the due diligence and initial device assessments for all the leading technology developers.  At Crown Estate Scotland some key pieces of work Sian has been involved in includes championing the development of the new, non ‘round’ based, wave and tidal application process that is still open today, worked on the first arrays investment competition and today she now manages all marine energy and infrastructure activities for Crown Estate Scotland.

Allan MacAskill, Director, Kincardine Offshore Wind Ltd

Allan has 40 years’ experience in offshore energy. He conceived and developed the Beatrice demonstrator project, pioneering the development of large-scale windfarms in deeper waters. In 2008 he founded SeaEnergy Renewables. It became a leading independent in the UK offshore wind sector establishing a portfolio of 3.3 GW and international JV’s in Taiwan and China. Repsol purchased the company in June 2011. In 2013 he founded Pilot Offshore Renewables with Nicol Stephen to pursue the development of the Kincardine offshore windfarm, a 50 MW test floating wind project which will commence generation in summer 2018. In 2015 he received the “Outstanding Achieving award” for his contribution to renewables in Scotland.  He is a former Director of Scottish Renewables and Carnegie Wave Energy UK.

Tom Wewer, Floating Wind Lead Engineer, innogy Tom Wewer Innogy

Tom is the lead engineer for innogy in offshore floating wind. With 15 year’s experience in offshore engineering over mechanical, civil and structural disciplines, Tom is now focused on technical leadership of innogy’s aspirations to deliver cost competitive floating offshore wind.

David Pratt, Head of Planning & Strategy, Marine Scotland David Pratt

The presentation will cover current developments in Marine Scotland’s planning program including the development of the new Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Waters.

David Pratt is the Head of Planning & Strategy at Marine Scotland, the Directorate of Scottish Government with responsibility for the management of Scotland’s Seas. His role involves oversight of a number of Scottish Government marine planning initiatives including the National Marine Plan, Regional Marine Plans, and a number of related marine strategies such as those to address litter and non-native species in the Scottish marine environment. Prior to this, David project managed the development of Sectoral Marine Plans for Offshore Renewable Energy, a process for which he still retains strategic oversight. A geographer by background, David has further qualifications in Energy & Environmental Management as well as Environmental Law. He is a Full Member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment in addition to being a Chartered Environmentalist.

Chris McConville, General Manager, Floating Power Plant Chris McConville

The presentation will provide a brief overview of FPP’s recent activity. This will include an overview of projects under development in various sectors, particularly in the UK

Chris is a chartered engineer with a Masters in Engineering from the University of Edinburgh. Chris currently leads the development of Floating Power Plant’s UK subsidiary, FPP Ltd, and is responsible for delivering the company’s first projects as well as establishing the necessary UK value chain to support the company’s growth. He has worked in renewables for over 8 years, having previously worked as a project manager responsible for the development of an innovative floating LiDAR system.

Prof Seamus Garvey
, Chief Technology Officer, TetraFloat Ltd Seamus Garvey bw

Seamus Garvey is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Nottingham and Founding Director of TetraFloat Ltd. Seamus graduated in 1984 with a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College Dublin. He joined GEC Large Electrical Machines Ltd. in Rugby where he remained for 6 years – becoming the company specialist in machine vibration and securing his PhD in this subject at the same time. Seamus has had academic roles ever since and his core research interest in integrating energy storage with wind generation led to the development of some concepts in 2005 which intrinsically required a 3D floating turbine support which he filed a UK patent application on this in 2008. Although the original storage-integration concepts have long-since been superceded, the 3D floating support has continued to progress strongly.

13.30 - 14.45


A3: Gearing Up: Supply Chain and O&M

Chair: Gillian Morrison, Senior Development Manager, Highlands and Islands Enterprise Gillian Morrison HIE bw

Gillian is the sector lead for large scale renewables within Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). HIE is an ambitious organisation with a unique remit that integrates economic and community development across a diverse region. Renewable energy is a key growth sector for HIE and Gillian has responsibility across the region for strategic stakeholder engagement with energy industry and partners. Encouraging ambition, innovation and internationalisation in the supply chain and attracting inward investment are key drivers for HIE. Since joining HIE in 1998, Gillian has led and worked across teams in Business Engagement, Corporate Governance and Community Development.

Knut Vassbotn, Head of Business Development, Offshore Wind, Aker Solutions Knut Vassbotn bw

Knut Vassbotn has more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector, oil and gas and renewables. He is passionate about renewables and providing commercially viable energy solutions across the globe. He has a strong business development background nationally and internationally. He holds a BEng (Hons) in Naval Architecture from University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Úna Brosnan, Business & Strategy Development Manager, Atkins Una Brosnan

Úna Brosnan is the Business and Strategy Development Manager facing the Offshore Wind Sector in Atkins. She is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 15 varied industry experience and has been immersed in the Offshore Renewables sector since 2009. She is experienced in markets and projects in the UK, Europe Taiwan and North America. Úna is also one of the Co-Chair on the Friends of Floating Offshore Wind Committee.

Steve Chisholm
, Operations Director, Global Energy Group Steve Chisholm GE Group bw

Steve brings over 30 years international experience to his role as Operations Director at Global Energy where he has responsibility for the service activities at Nigg Energy Park and its ongoing strategic development. He has held executive and non-executive Board positions in publicly quoted, private and not-for-profit organisations, roles which included new business building in the emerging markets of the Middle East and former Soviet Union. He has a long record of delivering leadership and growth in the UK and Europe and is passionate about achieving continuous improvement across all business activities. His entrepreneurial activities include management consulting in the USA and jointly founding one of the UK's first cloud computing businesses.

Alasdair Ferguson, Director, Kishorn Port Ltd Alasdair Ferguson bw

Alasdair Ferguson has headed up the family business, Ferguson Transport & Shipping, since 1997 as Group Managing Director and has been with the company since leaving school over 40 years ago. Alasdair has recently been awarded IOD Regional Director of the Year and is also an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Lochaber. Ferguson Transport & Shipping – a Joint Venture partner with Leiths (Scotland) – formed the company Kishorn Port Ltd in 2008 with the purpose of the regeneration of the Dry Dock and fabrication yard at Kishorn.

Alan MacLeay, Engineering Director, Seaway Heavy Lifting Alan MacLeayBW

Alan MacLeay is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He has more than 25 years’ experience in offshore engineering, construction and installation. Based in Aberdeen, he is currently an Engineering Director within Seaway Renewables. He has recently managed a study looking at heavy lifting operations for floating wind for the Floating Wind JIP. He is also Currently Chairman of the Renewables Committee at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA).

15.30 - 16.30                                                                                                       

A4: The Big Blue: Global Insights from International Projects

Chair: Isla Robb, Offshore Wind Lead Specialist, Scottish Enterprise
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Isla Robb is an Energy Specialist in Scottish Enterprise, with an emphasis on offshore & onshore wind. She has a particular focus on supply chains where her work includes introducing developers and key suppliers to the Scottish supply chain, supporting companies interested in entering the offshore wind sector and assisting to develop those already working within the sector. Original trained as a Building Surveyor, Isla has had a varied career in the private & public sector both in the UK & abroad. Isla currently manages Offshore Wind Expert Support within Scottish Enterprise.

Clément Weber, Director, Green Giraffe Clement Weber

Attracting finance for floating offshore wind projects: A growing interest for both debt and equity parties, floating specific financing requirements, lessons learned from commercial projects in the US & Asia

Clément Weber is a founder of Green Giraffe. In 2011, he opened the UK office and managed a team of up to 10 professionals before moving back to Paris in 2017. Clément leads Green Giraffe’s efforts in floating offshore wind and has led several wind transactions. He was project manager for the debt financings of Walney (367 MW, UK, 2012) and Rentel (309 MW, Belgium, 2016) offshore wind projects and on the equity for the Dudgeon offshore wind project (560 MW, UK, 2012 and 2017) and Morro Bay floating offshore project (650 MW, US, 2018).  Before Green Giraffe, Clément worked at Dexia in Paris between 2008 and 2010 within the project finance team. He also spent a year in Beijing at the French Development Agency in 2006-2007. He graduated from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and holds an MSc in project finance from Université Paris X.

Ole Stobbe, Business Development Manager - Northern Europe, Ideol Ole Stobbe bw

Ole Stobbe is a passionate mechanical engineer working on the global energy transition with 17 years of experience in the European offshore wind industry. Ole has held positions as Head of Engineering for the Butendiek and Horizont projects in Germany, worked for Hochtief's offshore construction department and supported the Neart na Gaoithe project in Scotland before joining Ideol as Business Development Manager Northern Europe.

Guillaume Ardoise, Senior Manager, Principle Power Inc Guillaume Ardoise Principle Power Inc bw

Guillaume has worked for over 10 years in the offshore oil & gas industry. He has held several positions as an engineer, Project Manager and then Business Developer before creating his own consulting company specializing in marine renewables and assisting due diligence exercises for both investors and technology providers. During his career, Guillaume has been involved in multiple floating wind technologies, ocean thermal energy conversions as well as wave energy converters development projects.  He joined Principle Power in 2015 supporting the business development efforts in Europe and holds a Master’s degree in Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering from the University of California.

Richard Copeland, Offshore Opportunities Manager, EDP RenewablesRichard Copeland bw

The presentation will provide an update on the floating offshore wind projects EDPR is involved in globally.

Richard Copeland is Offshore Opportunities Manager at EDPR providing technical and project management leadership and support to offshore wind projects across the company.  Richard joined EDPR in November 2017 and has been involved in the offshore wind sector for eight years, working initially for SeaEnergy Renewables across the Inch Cape, Beatrice, and Moray Firth projects, progressing to engineering and project management roles on the Inch Cape project for Repsol and Red Rock Power. Richard is a Chartered Engineer with a 1st Class MEng in Mechanical Engineering and Renewable Energy and Executive MBA from the University of Edinburgh.

Morag McCorkindale, Team Leader, Aberdeen City Council/AREG Morag McCorkindale b

Through Aberdeen City Council Economic Development, Morag identified renewables as a major opportunity for the city region and since then has established AREG as an independent company and grew membership to 150+.  She has also developed a bid which secured £2.3 million from the Scottish Government, secured leverage of £48 million, held a key position at the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Deployment Centre and development team including securing a 40 million euro grant for the project.  Morag’s current role includes international trade and investment, renewables sector development and AREG.  Prior to joining Aberdeen City Council, Morag was a business advisor and assisted 1,500 entrepreneurs and 102 business startups.

Gabriel Strängberg, CEO, SeaTwirl Gabriel StranbergGabriel Stranberg

Gabriel Strängberg is the CEO of SeaTwirl AB that was founded in 2012. Gabriel started off as the first employee in the company and has been responsible for the development of the prototype installed in Sweden in 2015. In 2016 he was also responsible for the company´s introduction on the Swedish stock exchange, Nasdaq First North. The floating vertical-axis SeaTwirl wind turbine has great advantages due to its robust and simple design. Few moving parts, which are easily accessible because they are located close to the water surface, lowering the total levelized cost of the wind turbine.

 16.30 -16.40

Closing Remarks

Jenny Hogan, Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables Jenny Hogan

In addition to deputising for the Chief Executive, Jenny has strategic oversight of the policy function and key projects within Scotland’s leading renewables trade body, working on behalf of 250+ organisations to grow Scotland’s renewable energy sector and sustain its position at the forefront of the global clean energy industry. Since 2010 and before taking on her current role, Jenny was Director of Policy and then Director of Policy & Membership. During this time, she has been instrumental in implementing a major transformation of the organisation and its impact on the media debate and political decision-making in Scotland. Jenny first joined Scottish Renewables in 2004, working initially in business development before leading on policy development for renewable heat, bioenergy and marine energy, and later the wind energy sector. She also led the policy, research and communications work of sustainable development charity, Forward Scotland, between 2007-2008.