Conference & Exhibition | 15 - 16 September | P&J Live, Aberdeen Organised by RenewableUK & Scottish Renewables | #FloatingWind21

  •  Wednesday 15 September 
  • Thursday 16 September 

Wednesday 15 September

09:00 - 10:00
Registration, Event & Exhibition Open

10:00 - 10:30

Ministerial Addresses 

10:45 - 11:45



A1: Floating, Further, Faster: What action is needed to upscale and deliver floating wind
  • How much floating wind should the UK be targeting for 2030, 2040, and 2050?
  • Will the current UK market framework for FOW deliver this?
  • How do industry, government, and other stakeholders support the required infrastructure and supply chain development?
  • What is the key to creating an attractive business model and securing more investment for your floating wind project?






Chair:  RenewableUK
Panellists: Dan Finch, Managing Director UK, Ocean Winds

  Ralph Torr, Programme Manager, FOW CoE, ORE Catapult


Sonja Chirico Indrebø, Head of Floating Offshore Wind, Equinor
  Melissa Reed, UK Business Manager, Shell

12:00 - 13:00
Lunch & Exhibition 

13:00 - 14:00

A2: Securing supply chain success from the Scottish pipeline
  • What is the scale of the supply chain opportunity coming from ScotWind and ‘stepping stone’ floating projects?
  • How can the industry support Scottish supply chain ambitions in a strategic, competitive, and sustainable way?
  • What initiatives are underway now to maximize the impact of the Scottish project pipeline?
B2: How to maximize the floating wind opportunity in the Celtic Sea
  • Update and review on the design of The Crown Estate Celtic Sea leasing round
  • What are the upcoming timescales and opportunities for floating wind manufacturing?
  • Ports & infrastructure   
  • Building a skills and training hub to support the future floating industry in South Wales
  • What cross-sector opportunities exist? 




Chair:   Gillian Morrison, Offshore Wind Senior Development Manager, Highlands and Islands Enterprise Chair:  Rhys Wyn Jones, Director, RenewableUK Cyrmu

Dr. Andronikos Kafas, Offshore Opportunities Manager, Ocean Winds

Mike Scott, Project Managing Director, Blue Gem Wind/Total

Chris Willow, Head of Floating Wind Development, RWE Renewables Cian Conroy, Senior Business Development Manager - Europe, Principle Power

 Julia Roope, Co-Chair, DeepWind Cluster Floating Group Andy Reay, Group Head of Commercial (Offshore Wind), Associated British Ports

Martijn Elbers, Floating Wind Commercial Director, Subsea 7


14:15 - 15:15


 A3: Floating wind and the marine environment
  • What are the particular development and consenting challenges facing the   coming generation of commercial-scale floating projects?
  • What new approaches could be adopted from other marine industries, and how will they interact as floating deployment expands?
  • What strategic approaches might speed up floating deployment to meet the UK’s energy and net-zero ambitions?

 B3: Accelerating cost reduction and the pathway to scale

Innovation is key to creating low cost, competitive solutions for floating wind. Join this session to hear expert insights, solutions and innovations that will deliver the necessary cost reductions and roll out of Floating Wind.

  • Adopting data-driven approaches to understand the role of floating wind in achieving net-zero 
  • Floating offshore wind efficiency through quick mooring connections 
  • Translating Oil & Gas TOTEX reduction experience into floating offshore wind


Chair: Pat Hawthorn, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn

Chair: Pablo Necochea, Lead Developer Floating Offshore Wind, Vestas

Luke Eatough, Operational Performance Engineer, ORE Catapult

Rebecca DrakeCEng MICE – Offshore Wind Digital Lead, Arup

Amy Stirling, Associate, Energy & Infrastructure, Pinsent Masons

 Lucy Green, Energy Transition Manager, Apollo & Stephen Molloy, Senior Engineer, Apollo

Dr Adam Payne, Principal Consultant, RPS Group

 Colin Mckinnon, Technical Director - Specialist Engineering and Consulting, Wood

Dr Monica Fundingsland, Sustainability Advisor, Equinor 


15:15 - 16:15

A4: Future floating & hydrogen solutions: What’s next for the energy transition?

Following a successful call for papers, RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables along with this year’s Strategic Event Partners have selected three stand out papers, demonstrating the potential of floating wind and green hydrogen to drive the energy transition and help reach net zero targets. This session will showcase the latest innovations and ideas, exclusive to FOW21.

  • Can Green Hydrogen Unlock the Floating Wind Potential in Grid Constrained Areas?
  • Combining Energy Vectors - Integrated Floating Wind, Wave and Hydrogen 
  • Exploring Franco-Scottish floating wind-to-hydrogen collaboration opportunities 







Sian Lloyd Rees, UK Country Manager, Aker Solutions


Jakub Vrba, Renewable Energy Consultant, Xodus


Chris McConville, General Manager, Floating Power Plant


James Waker, Hydrogen Development Manager, EMEC


Event & Exhibition Close 




Thursday 16 September


Event & Exhibition Open

09:30 - 09:45

UK energy Minister keynote address

09:15 - 10:15

A5: A global game-changer: Floating Wind’s role in delivering the energy transition
  • Floating Wind is a front runner as the most accessible renewable solution to provide cheap, reliable, and sustainable energy to new markets: How is the industry showcasing this potential on the global stage at the COP26 conference?
  • The global pipeline opportunity: How can you capture the export value & opportunity of floating wind?
  •  Where to next? Which markets show the greatest potential for floating wind?
  • Is floating wind attracting enough global support and investment?






 Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

Panellists:  Sven Utermöhlen, COO for Global Offshore Wind, RWE Renewables

 Stephen Bull, Executive Vice President, Renewables, Aker Solutions

Mary Quaney, CEO, Mainstream Renewable Power

  Alan Hannah, Senior Vice President and CEO UK, Copenhagen Offshore Partners

11:00 - 11:30
Coffee break & Exhibition 

With different markets vying for leadership, the race for floating is global.

11:30 - 12:30

A6: Is the USA back on track for an era of offshore wind?
  • Has the Biden administration revived offshore ambition with its new targets, and is this being matched by state-level action?
  • How are floating projects on both Pacific and Atlantic coasts progressing and what future leasing opportunities are on the horizon?
  • Are there challenges unique to the US market? How much knowledge can be imported from existing floating markets and how much can be drawn from the US supply chain and energy experience?
B6: Will the Asia-Pacific be the new frontier for Floating Wind development?
  • Despite the current low installed capacity, the Asia Pacific market presents a huge opportunity for floating wind. When should we expect to see floating wind take off in these regions? 
  • What current projects are there? Who is working with who? 
  • What are regional challenges exist?
  • Is the UK FOW experience portable to the Asia-Pacific market?




Una Bronson, Offshore New Markets Manager, Mainstream Renewable Power

 Chair:   TBC, Shell


Jim Lanard, CEO, Magellan Wind

Jean Vercoutter, Power and Renewables Project Finance, MUFG
   Signe Nielsen, Senior Project Manager - Development, RWE Guillermo Martinez-Navas, Co-Head of Offshore Wind, Asia Pacific, Green Investment Group

   Jamie MacDonald, Director of Operations (Boston), Xodus Group

Bruno Geschier, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, IDEOL Offshore
  Jonah Margulis, Senior Vice President, US Operations, Aker Offshore Wind

Grace Kuo, Business Development Manager, Asia - Offshore Energy and Infrastructure, NIRAS
12:30 - 14:00
Lunch & Exhibition 

13:30 - 14:30


A7: Case studies: What have we learned so far?

Discover vital project insights as our panel of experts share key updates and lessons learned from some of the first floating wind farm projects in UK waters. 

  • The Blyth 2 Project –  a  case study in floating offshore wind challenges and opportunities
  • Hywind Tampen: Learnings from the world’s largest floating wind farm under construction and implications for future commercial wind parks
  • Building on success: Adapting & improving practices at Kincardine 2 using learnings from Kincardine 1




Miriam Noonan, Analysis and Insights Manager, ORE Catapult


Nancy McClean, Senior Offshore Development Manager, EDF Renewables


Olav-Bernt Haga, Project Director Hywind Tampen, Equinor


Kevin Robb, Commercial Director, Global Offshore

15:00 - 16:00

A8: Decarbonising the North Sea: can floating wind be the linchpin for the energy economy?
  • What new leasing opportunities are coming forward to support decarbonisation in the North Sea, and how will the new Transition Sector Deal complement this? 
  • With increasing shared interests across the energy sector, what more can be done to achieving a rapid transition to clean fuels? 
  • This session will provide updates and insight on efforts to align supply chain strategy, infrastructure investment, and leasing and policy support to benefit offshore renewables.
   Chair:  Ronnie Bonnar, Director, KMF Consultants

Speakers:  Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive, OGUK
  Andy Rodden, Energy Transition Director, Offshore Renewables, Opportunity North East


Iain Sinclair, Executive Director - Renewables & Energy Transition, Global Energy Group


Event & Exhibition Close