Renewable UK’s Global Offshore Wind conference and exhibition is the most important event for offshore wind professionals in the 2020 calendar. This year we have decided to go fully virtual, and deliver to our 4,000+ delegates a virtual experience unlike any other.  

Over 3 days, you will hear from over 100 speakers on our keynote and specialist sessions, plus 200 speakers in our Global markets, Innovation and Supply Chain theatres – you will attend roundtables, masterclasses and (if that takes your fancy) a Youth Fair, helping bring in the next generation of offshore wind professionals. 

Our speakers will challenge and intrigue our delegates with topics presentations, such as the Green New Deal, winners and losers of energy transition, the real market potential for renewable hydrogen, grids and supergrids, net-zero market designing, tomorrow’s technologies today, and how to export your services and make the most of global opportunities.

All this, in a safe, virtual environment, with a fully operational exhibition hall, live and on-demand sessions in our auditoriums, virtual chats and networking lounges.

Conference programme for  Wednesday 28 October - Day 1

09:00 - 09:45 

  Welcome and Opening Session

A1: Green New Deal? Is the Covid recovery supporting rapid decarbonisation and action to tackle the climate crisis?

Following the Covid crisis, new recovery and stimulus policies offer a unique opportunity to reset our economies to prioritise investment that will deliver net zero. Growth in the low carbon technologies and infrastructure, like offshore wind, will be the cornerstone of a green recovery.  Panellists will share their priorities for the green recovery and whether the response to date measures up to the scale of the challenge. 

10:00 - 10:30                                                                             

Industry insight: Building a Green Recovery with Offshore Wind (Event Partner panel)

Following from the opening session of GOW20, our panel of industry leaders continues the conversation on the green recovery and what the offshore wind sector needs in order to maximise investment in projects, supply chain and people that will drive the recovery both in the UK, and in key international growth markets.

10:30 - 11:00  

Theatres:   Supply Chain Theatre  |  Innovation Theatre  |  Global Markets Theatre Programmes to follow    

11:00 - 12:00  

A2:  Who will be the winners in the energy transition?

Offshore wind is growing across the globe, but how can we make sense of this growth against a backdrop of wider changes in the energy market? How will companies succeed in harnessing offshore wind to support wider decarbonisation and the energy transition? How quickly can firms shift investment and develop new business models fit for a net zero future? What risks do they face if they don’t?

Join this session to hear from an expert panel discussing how companies and investors are adapting to the new realities of the net zero transition. Hear about the opportunities offshore wind technologies enable and how they are reshaping the energy landscape.

B2: Net zero networks 

Offshore wind will soon be the UK’s single largest power source. Across Europe, renewables will dominate the electricity system.

Our expert panel will explore how electricity networks can integrate renewables at double and treble current rates. We will look at the role of hydrogen, storage and flexibility in maximising low-cost renewables, and ask how quickly digitalisation can help to solve the challenge of a zero-carbon power system.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

12:00 - 14:00  

Theatres:   Supply Chain Theatre  |  Innovation Theatre  |  Global Markets Theatre Programmes to follow    

14:00 - 15:00


A3: Can offshore wind the plug the gap in building a renewable hydrogen industry?

Renewable hydrogen can become competitive with fossil fuel sources this decade, and create a brand-new industry supporting zero carbon energy, transport and industry.  But what are the technical and engineering barriers to overcome, and how quickly can we do this? How can offshore wind help cut the cost of renewable hydrogen, and do we need to reconsider the kind of physical infrastructure and even the location of projects to achieve this? How can we scale up at pace?

Join us to explore the role of green hydrogen in our energy system.

B3:  Project supergrid: how to make the most of the North Sea opportunities in offshore wind

The North Sea is the most advanced offshore wind market in the world, with 16GW in operation and tens of further GW planned in the next 10 years. As this market matures, do we need to develop an ambitious ‘supergrid’ to develop this unique offshore resource fully and efficiently? How are plans for this kind of ambitious integrated network and ‘energy islands’ progressing? Does Brexit risk derailing this agenda?

Join this session to explore what could be possible and how this ambition can be realised. 

15:00 - 15:30  

Theatres:   Supply Chain Theatre  |  Innovation Theatre  |  Global Markets Theatre Programmes to follow 

15:30 - 17:30                                                                                                                                                                                     


Youth Fair Day 1

Presentations, seminars and sessions focusing:

*  Why choose a career in renewables
*  The sector, jobs and skills
*  Diversity, women in engineering, BAME and beyond
*  The structure of the sector and how to make choices
*  The types of business in the sector
*  National Youth Theatre 

Roundtable – skills from the military
End of Day 1 Programme

 Conference programme for Thursday 29 October - Day 2 

09:00 - 09:45


A4: Welcome and keynote: The global race to net zero

The energy transition is facilitating a cleaner environment and enabling renewables to drive wealth and accessible power for communities around the globe.  This session will look at the role of offshore wind in the wider global transition, exploring our collective aim to reach net zero across sectors and geographical boundaries. Join our panel of experts to gain an external perspective of how the energy transition is touching on our day to day lives, from the vehicles we drive to the food that we eat and the role of renewables in reaching net zero goals.

10:00 - 10:30  

Industry insight: Making net zero a reality (Event Partner panel)

The focus on reaching net zero now touches on every aspect of our day to day lives, across all sectors and industries. Hear from senior industry leaders on what companies are doing to make net zero a reality.

10:30 - 11:00  

Theatres:   Supply Chain Theatre  |  Innovation Theatre  |  Global Markets Theatre Programmes to follow 

11:00 - 12:00  

A5: Making ambition a reality: how are we overcoming barriers to delivering offshore wind at net zero scale?

As the world’s most advanced offshore wind market, the UK is tackling the barriers to scaling-up for net zero and these solutions will influence markets across the globe. Our panel will examine how industry is making progress on understanding cumulative impacts, mitigating our environmental footprint, how we co-exist with other marine industries, integrating offshore wind into aviation management and improving how we connect offshore windfarms to the grid.     

B5: Net zero market design – time for a rethink?

The UK’s Contract for Difference model is seen internationally as an example of best practice and it has been crucial in bringing down the costs of offshore wind.  But as we deploy renewables in line with net zero, and with offshore wind prices falling, is it time for a rethink of the way the market is designed?

This session will discuss how we design a market fit for net zero. It will explore where the future value lies in the market and will ask whether merchant models will be viable at scale. It will also consider how rapid electrification and green hydrogen could impact market prices.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

12:00 - 14:00  

A6: The future is floating – is it closer than we think? 

There have been major market developments for floating wind in the last year – from the UK to Norway to Japan. As the global opportunity for floating wind becomes clearer, we will explore how quickly this market can develop and scale up to compete with fixed offshore wind? Is floating wind becoming a mainstream, commercial technology? 

Join this session to hear from a panel of experts discussing the latest developments in floating wind and what’s next for the growth of this technology. 

B6: Local communities and supply networks: is your business making the most of the opportunities?

A substantial and innovative UK supply chain has developed to support the construction and O&M of our offshore wind farms. This UK-wide supply chain is centred around clusters that are leading innovation, manufacturing, operations and training in coastal regions across the UK.

How are these clusters responding and bringing growth to coastal areas and regions up and down the country? Join this session to hear about how the supply chain has taken opportunities to innovate and grow, in the UK and through international exports.     

15:00 - 15:30  

Theatres:   Supply Chain Theatre  |  Innovation Theatre  |  Global Markets Theatre Programmes to follow 

15:30 - 17:30                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Youth Fair Day 2

Small groups, workshops, CV clinics and career advice clinics:

*  Speed-dating in the sector
*  CV clinics and workshops
*  How to use Linkedin to get noticed workshops
*  Career advice clinics
*  Thinking geography as well as jobs – the hot places to consider
*  National Youth Theatre

Roundtable – UK consultancies, the UK and global offer




End of Day 2 Programme


Conference programme for Friday 30 October - Day 3

09:00 - 09:45                                                   

A7: Offshore wind: Leading the UK's infrastructure revolution

The industry will invest nearly £50bn in new offshore wind projects across the UK this decade, making it one of the top 5 national infrastructure programmes.  This investment is bringing employment and regeneration to communities across the UK. Our keynote session will discuss priorities for building new offshore wind at net zero scale, improving the competitiveness of our supply chain and investing to level up all parts of the UK.

10:00 - 10:30                                                                                                    

Industry insight: Infrastructure for Growth 

Offshore wind provides a major opportunity for investment across the UK but what do we need in order to speed up development of these multi-billion pound projects to support the Government’s ambitions of an infrastructure-led recovery that boosts UK productivity? How can industry and Government work together to maximise investment in our domestic supply chain capability at a time when prices are at record lows and competitiveness is key?  This panel of industry leaders will explore these and other questions on how we can capitalise on the socio-economic benefits offered by offshore wind.

10:30 - 11:00   

Theatres:   Supply Chain Theatre  |  Innovation Theatre  |  Global Markets Theatre Programmes to follow 

11:00 - 12:00                                                                                                                                                                                                  

A8: Celebrating the Offshore Wind Sector Deal – a year and a half on

Following 2019’s landmark Offshore Wind Sector Deal, and the UK Government’s increased ambition for 40GW offshore wind by 2030, we examine the progress that has been made to achieve these goals.  How is industry coordinating with Government to unlock progress? What are our key successes to date and where do we need to pick up the pace? Our panel will discuss how the industry is collaborating in numerous workstreams to deliver the commitments in the sector deal and build momentum to 40GW.

B8: Industry Insight Zone: Tomorrow’s turbines today

Innovation in turbine technology is transforming the offshore wind industry. In a few short years we will see ‘next generation’ turbines of 12MW and 14MW deployed at scale, and turbines at 20MW+ are already on the horizon. Scaling up will mean that industry needs to change our approach to certification, validation and reliability. And with resource efficiency and recycling rising up the agenda, how will turbines feature as part of a circular economy? 

Join this session to hear about latest developments and trends in the growth of turbines. 

12:00 - 14:00

  Theatres:   Supply Chain Theatre  |  Innovation Theatre  |  Global Markets Theatre Programmes to follow   
14:00  - 15:00  

A9: The benefit of hindsight – lessons learned from our offshore wind journey

With over 2000 turbines operational across 37 projects, the UK has unparalleled experience in developing, installing and operating offshore wind capacity. But as we look to the future, what would we have done differently if we could do it all again?

Join our industry panel to learn what has not worked with the CfD, challenges around delivering cost reduction and UK content, consenting challenges and Balance of Plant issues, and what they would do differently if they could rewind the clock!

B9: Industry Insight Zone: Operations and maintenance

With 25 years’ experience and an output of over 5,600 offshore wind turbines in operation worldwide, the practices and technologies for operating and maintaining our offshore fleet are state of the art.

Learn from our experts about the latest trends in O&M, and how the next technology changes such as robotics, digitisation, artificial intelligence and smart wind systems that will help our industry in the next phase of growth.

15:00 - 15:30 

  Theatres:   Supply Chain Theatre  |  Innovation Theatre  |  Global Markets Theatre Programmes to follow 
15:30 - 17:30   

Youth Fair Day 3

Presentations, seminars and sessions focusing:

*  Speed dating with companies
*  CV clinics and workshops

How to use LinkedIn to get noticed workshops.

Roundtable – Transitioning from O&G to renewables: Skills and experience
End of Day 3 Programme