On demand Sessions

7-8 October 2020 

Floating offshore is one of the most vibrant new technologies in the sector, and we received an overwhelming response to our call for papers. To share this expertise and promote the innovations and new approaches from our members, expert speakers and the wider group of companies working in the field, we have created an ‘on demand’ programme which all our delegates can access at any point during the event – and for 30 days after. Please browse below to check out the topics and speakers of our on demand programme.

These sessions will be available on demand to watch at your leisure throughout the FOW20 event and stay online up to 30 days post event. 

Consenting Floating Offshore Wind in the UK


Robin Hutchison, Partner, Head of Energy & Infrastructure Planning, CMS

Robin is head of the CMS Energy & Infrastructure Planning team, and an expert in consenting major energy projects. Robin advises companies, public bodies and funders on major projects, developments and transactions. Robin has a particular focus on planning / consenting in the UK energy and infrastructure sector, including experience of consenting floating offshore wind farms. Robin has complementary experience in development planning, compulsory purchase, public law, European law, environmental law and contentious matters.  Robin is qualified in England & Wales and in Scotland.

Laying the Foundations for Floating Wind – A Proportionate and Risk-Based Consenting Framework  


Gordon McCreath and Gary McGovern, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP

Port Infrastructure for Floating Wind Development


Roberts Proskovics, Team Lead – Turbines, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Roberts holds the position of team lead – turbines at ORE Catapult, with whom he has been for the last 5 years. In parallel, he is the company’s technical lead for floating wind and is actively involved in the Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence. Roberts has been involved in floating wind for the last 9 years, first in academia and then in the industry.

Forecasting Floating Wind Farm Cost and Project Performance


David McMillan/ Charles Balderston/ Sally Shenton/ Maurizio Collu/ Erik Salo, Strathclyde/ VektaGroup/ Generating Better

The Energy Transition Alliance – Enabling the energy transition through collaborative technology innovation


Jason Paterson, Energy Transition Project Lead, The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

Floating wind in the Celtic Sea


Christoph Harwood, Director of Strategy and Policy, Simply Blue Energy

Christoph Harwood became a Director of Simply Blue Energy, a blue economy project developer, in 2018 to a focus on policy development and political engagement.  Prior to that he had been with Sustainable Marine Energy, a tidal energy technology developer initially as Commercial Director, latterly Head of Policy.  He has worked on a number of industry initiatives and is a member of the Marine Energy Council with a specific focus on the development of revenue support models. Christoph has worked in renewable energy across a number of sectors over the last fifteen years with an initial focus on environmental finance through his consultancy, Marksman Consulting.   He is also Managing Director for Simply Blue Aquaculture. Prior to this he worked in finance at McKinsey, Lloyd’s and UBS, and with Shell.

Integrated solution for electrical protection and monitoring of array cables for floating offshore wind


Tom Morley, Business Development, Synaptec

Tom started his engineering career via an apprenticeship with the UK’s Ministry of Defense. He went on to found and manage a solar power company for 8 years, where he developed a passion for taking new technologies to the electrical power markets. He has spent the past couple of years working with innovative companies involved in the wind sector, and now leads the development of new projects for Synaptec’s offshore instrumentation systems.

Development of the Platform Mooring Connector


The presentation addresses the rapidly growing offshore wind market and highlights technology gaps in the market, specifically related to the mooring of floating offshore foundations. It showcases the real life experience of a original equipment manufacture, who supply specialised mooring components used for multi billion dollar Oil & Gas floating mega projects and how they have addressed the cost and technology challenges faced by floating offshore wind. The presentation will provide an overview of the state of the art mooring technology developed by First Subsea and used recently on WindFloat Atlantic and Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind Projects

 Greg Campbell-Smith, Sales and Business Development Director, First Subsea

Greg Campbell-Smith is the Sales and Business Development Director at First Subsea Ltd, part of the First Tech Group companies. He is a Mechanical Engineer with 35 years’ experience in Automotive, Aerospace and Offshore industries. During the past 14 years at First Subsea he has been at the forefront of product diversification which has seen the company develop products and enter new markets including fixed and floating offshore wind.  Greg is Fellow and of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Lessons learned from Wind Float Atlantic project on light weight HMPE mooring systems implemented in Kincardine Offshore Windfarm

Rigo Bosman, Application Developer, DSM


Opportunities for Floating Offshore Wind and Aquaculture in Scottish Waters


Dr John Walker, Project Engineer, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

John is a Project Engineer within the Operational Performance directorate at ORE Catapult. He has over 10 years’ experience in both the aerospace and offshore renewables sectors, including research into the impact of marine biofouling on tidal turbine performance and the design and testing of wind turbine blades. He currently leads the technical delivery of a variety of projects to support and develop future offshore renewable technologies.

Development of Self-Installing Deepwater Spar for floating Sub-stations


Ashit Jadav, Senior Naval Architect, Arup

Ashit is a chartered Naval Architect with design experience of fixed and floating offshore structures. His skills include offshore installation design engineering and he can evaluate all phases of installation from the fabrication yard to the offshore site. He has got experiences from design houses and EPC contractors to shipbuilders.

Dynamic export cable rating to reduce the cost of floating offshore wind energy


Dr Martin Hird, Senior Consultant Engineer, ITPEnergised

Dr Martin Hird is a Senior Consultant Engineer with ITPEnergised and has nine years of experience in cable rating for onshore and offshore wind energy. Martin holds a BSc Hons in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology and an EngD in grid integration of renewable generation. He is a member of the IET and is a Chartered Engineer in the UK.

Moorings – the journey to cost reduction for mass deployment


Peter Foxton, Engineering Manager, Vryhof

Peter Foxton is a chartered mechanical engineer with more than 35 years’ experience in the offshore industry, gaining wide experience in anchor design, manufacturing, installation and analysis.  Peter has presented topical papers on various mooring-related subjects at numerous conferences and seminars and has co-authored several technical papers.  He has been with Vryhof since 2013 where he is Engineering Manager responsible for high-level engineering support to the whole Vryhof group.

Condition Monitoring of Floating Wind Turbine Moorings

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Stuart Killbourn, Principal Engineer, Fugro

Holding a doctorate from Glasgow University for research into gravitational wave detectors, Stuart applies his expert knowledge of instrumentation and dynamics to the problems in the offshore energy industries. These range from asset integrity and life extension of offshore oil and gas platforms; foundation and structural performance of monopile wind turbine foundations, as well as the development and implementation of transformational technology for real-time fatigue and integrity monitoring during drilling of subsea wellheads.

The Benefits of Adopting a Mooring Lifecycle Approach for Floating Wind Turbines


Tom McCombesSenior Project Engineer, First Marine Solutions

Installation, O&M and marine management improvements in floating wind


Giovanni Rinaldi, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter

Giovanni is a postdoctoral researcher specialising in offshore renewables' evaluation and tools development. His main expertise relates to operations and maintenance strategic planning for offshore renewable farms, as well as their asset management and logistics. He is currently leading the work package "Operation & maintenance strategies, sensorisation & monitoring" in the European H2020 project FLOTANT.

Development and demonstration of two innovative spring mooring components for load reduction


Dr Faryal Khalid, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter

Optimisation of Floating Wind Support Structures for Cost-Reduction and Preparation for Innovations in Wind Turbine Technology


Mareike Leimeister, Research Associate, Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES

Mareike Leimeister is an offshore wind engineer with special interest in floating offshore renewable energy systems. She studied Renewable Energies, B.Sc., at Stuttgart University and graduated 2016 from the Erasmus Mundus European Wind Energy Master, receiving a double degree with honors from TU Delft and NTNU. She wrote her Master’s thesis about “Rational upscaling and modelling of a semi-submersible floating offshore wind turbine” in cooperation with Fraunhofer IWES. Since 2017, she is a research associate in the group global turbine dynamics. She coordinated the completed joint research project TANDEM (Towards an Advanced Design of Large Monopiles) and now is the AFLOWT project lead at IWES. In parallel, she is a fellow of the EngD Program at Renewable Energy Marine Structures Centre for Doctoral Training at University of Strathclyde (UK). She is expected to finish her research work on “Reliability-based optimization of floating wind turbine support structures” in 2020.

Structural Design of the 3DSA --- An Innovative, Low-Cost, Locally Manufactured Anchor For Floating Wind Turbines


Dr Rick Damiani, Principal Engineer, The Floating Wind Company

Dr. Rick Damiani (PhD in Aerospace Engineering), Principal of RRD Engineering, and Founder of The Floating Wind Technology Company, is a Licensed Professional Engineer that specializes in design and analysis of wind energy components. In his over twenty years of practice, he covered aero-hydro-aero-servo-elastic modeling of turbines, aero-structural design and analysis of blades and support structures, and turbine technical due diligence. Rick worked for 10 years at the National Wind Technology Center (NREL), where he helped develop design codes (systems engineering tools such as TowerSE, RotorSE, and JacketSE within WISDEM™) for wind turbine support structures and blades, as well as aero-elastic codes for horizontal, vertical-axis, and airborne wind turbines (OpenFAST and KiteFAST). Recently, Rick worked on innovative pre-stressed concrete tower design tools (PSCSE) and co-authored standards for foundations and tall wind turbine towers with ACI (ITG-9R-16) and IEC (61400-6).  He is the lead inventor of the SPiderFLOAT, an innovative floating offshore wind substructure which uses modular concrete and moment free connections. Since he left NREL at the end of 2019, Rick has been focusing on design of wind turbines for the distributed wind market, design of new anchoring system for floating offshore wind, and support structure design and analysis.

Charting a Course to Commercial Scale Floating Wind


Cian Conroy, Senior Manager, Principle Power

Cian Conroy is Business Development Manager for Principle Power, an innovative technology and services provider for the offshore deep water wind energy market offering WindFloat - its proven floating wind turbine foundation. Cian is responsible for business development activities related to Europe. Cian has been working in the UK’s offshore wind sector for over 10 years covering key areas such as the establishment and delivery of Phase one of the Floating Wind JIP. He graduated from the Michael Smurfit Business School at University College Dublin with a Master’s degree in Strategic Management.