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.  

  Chair:  Melanie OnnDeputy CEO, RenewableUK                             
  Keynotes:  Michael Liebreich, Chairman and CEO, Liebreich Associates                        
  Chris Stark, Chief Executive, CCC                         
10:00 - 10:30   

Industry insight: Building a Green Recovery with Offshore Wind

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

  Chair: Helen Robertson, Commodities Editor, Bloomberg News Chair:  Barnaby Wharton, Director, Future Electricity Systems, RenewableUK
  Presenters: Marina Valls, Chief Economist, RenewableUK Presenters: Luke Wainwright, Project Manager, National Grid 
  Dorine Bosman, Vice President, Offshore Wind and HSSE, Shell Guy Newey, Strategy and Performance Director, Energy Systems Catapult
  Adam Bruce, Global Head of Corporate Affairs, Mainstream Renewable Power Ingrid Fossgard-Moser, Head of Energy Storage Development, Equinor
  Stephane Tetot, Director, BlackRock    
    Jonathan Cole, Managing Director, Iberdrola Global Offshore Business
12:00 - 14:00  Theatres:   Supply Chain Theatre  |  Innovation Theatre  |  Global Markets Theatre - Programmes to follow      
14:00 - 15:00

A3: Can offshore wind 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.   

  Chair: Rebecca Williams, Head of Policy & Regulation, RenewableUK Chair: Barnaby Wharton, Director, Future Electricity Systems, RenewableUK 
  Presenters: Henrik Bach Mortensen, Senior Business Analyst, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Presenter: Michiel Muller,  Programme Manager North Sea Wind Power Hub, Tennet     
  David Caine, Project Manager, Dolphyn Panellists: Chris Veal, Managing Director, Transmission Investment     
  Anders Christian Nordstrøm, Vice President, Hydrogen, Ørsted Ben Marshall, HVDC Technology Manager, SSE Renewables     
  David Wallace, Senior Strategy Manager, ORE Catapult Rebecca Barnett, Deputy Director Commercial & Assurance, Systems & Networks, Ofgem  
  Anthony Kinsella, Prospective Technology Manager, ScottishPower Renewables Luke Wainwright, Project Manager, National Grid    

Neil Kirby, Business Development Manager HDVC & FACTS, North America, GE Renewable Energy 

15:00 - 15:30  Theatres:   Supply Chain Theatre  |  Innovation Theatre  |  Global Markets Theatre - Programmes to follow         
15:30 - 17:30                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Futures Forum Day 1

Want a career in the Renewables sector? Join us for this sesssion for presentations, seminars and sessions focusing on:

*  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 

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