7-8 October 2020 

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Wednesday 7 October

Thursday 8 October




Wednesday 7 October

Event & Exhibition Open
Ministerial AddresS
Exhibition & Networking 



A1: The race is on… floating wind and the race to net zero

The global starting gun has been fired on the race for floating wind. With ScotWind Leasing underway and the UK Government’s pledge to enable new floating wind farms, the UK is well placed to become a global leader in the technology. Join industry leaders as they give their perspectives on the role floating wind will play in boosting economic growth and helping the UK to meet net zero.

      Chair Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables  

Stephen Bull, Vice President of Wind and Low Carbon Solutions, Equinor 

Josselin Gillot, Commercial Manager, Offshore Wind, Shell

Dan Finch, Managing Director, EDP Renewables

Duncan Watson, UK General Manager, Vryhof
12:00 -13:30
Exhibition & Networking 
A2: Turning the floating vision into a reality 

Join this session to find out how we can turbocharge floating wind in the UK. The expert panel will be discussing the policies needed to unlock opportunities presented by floating wind, how costs can be brought down, and the actions needed to address potential barriers in consenting and grid. 

B2: Ports and supply chain infrastructure

With ScotWind underway, CfD Round 4 approaching and deep-water markets offering potential across the globe, how are UK ports planning now for the future pipeline? What more needs to be done to ensure that ports and associated infrastructure in all parts of the UK are able to benefit from construction and marshalling, fabrication and O&M opportunities as our ambitions for floating offshore wind increase?

      Chair:  Chris Willow, Head of Floating Wind Development, RWE Renewables
  Declan Burke, Director Clean Power Strategy & Deployment, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Mark McKean, Development Manager, Crown Estate Scotland &
James Robinson, Senior Maritime Engineer, Arup

  Paul O’Brien, Senior Development Manager – Energy and Inward Investment, DeepWind Joanne Allday, Strategic Business Development Manager, Port of Cromarty Firth
      Miriam Noonan, Senior Financial Analyst, ORE Catapult
Exhibition & Networking  
A3: Investing for the future 

With the world facing up to unprecedented challenges and change, more and more companies, governments and institutions are looking at the opportunity in floating offshore wind. The market is a fluid mix of start-ups, global energy companies and long-standing renewables experts, all with something to offer. In this rapidly-accelerating market, what different models of financial support might help floating wind speed up its journey to cost reduction and commercial-scale deployment?

  Chair Joyce Lee, Policy and Operations Director, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)  
  Panellists:  Ian Stout, Director of Business Development and Communications, SeaWind  
Event & Exhibition Close 






Thursday 8 October

Event & Exhibition Open


A4: The global race is on: seizing the opportunity in international markets

The potential global market for floating wind is huge. This potential means enormous export opportunity for the UK supply chain. With the UK leading the development of floating wind, how can businesses leverage our experience to access wider opportunities in this multi-billion-pound sector? How are countries around the world responding to floating wind - and just how far can the UK’s expertise reach? 

Exhibition & Networking  
A5: Consents and licensing

Floating wind will present a new set of consenting demands on industry and regulators, and work must accelerate now to identify the strategic research and evidence-gathering required to maximise future success. This session will explore what lessons we can learn from fixed-bottom consenting, and where we can chart a different approach in deeper waters.

B5: Future innovation and cost reduction in floating wind

Innovation will play a major role in the continued development, deployment and cost reduction of floating wind. This session will explore lessons learned, innovations in site selection, foundation concepts, floating wind’s role in the wider electricity system and the opportunities presented by green hydrogen.

  Chair: Dr Andronikos Kafas, Offshore Opportunities Manager, EDP Renewables
  Panellists:  Kirsty Wright, Fish and Fisheries Advisor, Marine Scotland Science &

Dr Monica Fundingsland, Principal Engineer Impact Assessment and Social Performance,  Equinor
 Ben Smith, Senior Naval Architect, Atkins
     Craig Whelton, Partner, Burges Salmon Gordon Jackson, Lead Designer of Offshore Structures, Arup
      Adrian de Andres, Principal Consultant, Xodus    
      Chris McConville, General Manager, Floating Power Plant
      Sian Lloyd Rees, Country Manager for the UK, Aker Solutions   
Exhibition & Networking 
A6: Leading action in floating wind

Since our last conference, action on floating wind has accelerated. This closing session will hear from those at the forefront of this activity and ask: How are we working across industry and government to accelerate growth in floating offshore wind? And what must we do next to build momentum in the crucial year ahead?

      Panellists   Richard Copeland,Technical Development Director, Copenhagen Offshore Partners Ralph Torr, Programme Manager, ORE Catapult/ Floating Wind Centre of Excellence    
  Jess Hooper, Programme Manager, Marine Energy Wales  
Event & Exhibition Close