Specialist Theatre Programmes

 

 

 

 
supply chain theatre
Day 1 - 28 October
12:15-12-25

East Anglia Hub 

Ross Ovens, East Anglia Hub Project Director, ScottishPower Renewables 

Ross is responsible for leading ScottishPower Renewables’ 3.1GW East Anglia Hub project.   Having graduated with a BSC (Hons) Business Information Systems, specialising in Project Management at Sheffield Hallam University, Ross has 17 years’ experience in the wind industry, including the successful execution of Iberdrola’s Wikinger project in the German Baltic sea.

12:30  - 12:40 

Floating Wind: Tow to shore vs Fix on-site maintenance strategies

Angeliki Spyroudi, ORE Catapult

12:45 - 12:55

 Concepts, Planning, Demonstration and Replication of Local User-friendly Energy Communities

Paul McKeever, ORE Catapult

13:00 - 13:10

Going global with the offshore wind supply chain

Alun Roberts, Associate Director, BVG Associates Ltd

Alun Roberts has an extensive knowledge of the technology, players and industry drivers in offshore renewables and proven project management capability.  Alun leads projects in supply chain analysis and economics. He helps clients in offshore renewables understand their strategy to maximise success and understand the economic impact of investments.

13:15 - 13:25

Is there a need for the industry to develop a specific EPC contract for use for the design, procurement, construction and commissioning of offshore wind projects?

Richard Booth, Partner, HFW

Richard specialises in construction, having a particular specialism in offshore wind projects.  He regularly advises on contract and project documentation, as well as providing a project counsel role during projects, and if required advises on claims and dispute resolution.  He is frequently asked to speak at offshore cabling and wind conferences. 

13:30 - 13:40 

Cable Recovery using Innovative Hydraulic Gripper Simplifies Repair Operations

Chris Bond, Senior Design Engineer, Allspeeds Ltd.

Chris has been with Allspeeds for 8 years, developing existing tools and delivering key projects for companies including BP and Aker Solutions. Chris is now lead engineer on the Cable Retrieval Tool, a new product designed specifically for the wind energy market to simplify and speed up repair operations. Chris holds a BEng in Computer Aided Engineering from the University of Central Lancashire.

 15:15 - 15:25

 Blockage Effects - Implications on Design and Operation of Offshore Wind Farms

Brian Gribben, Research & Innovation Manager, Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd

Brian Gribben is Research & Innovation Manager at Frazer-Nash Consultancy, and has  a career of >20 years as an aerodynamics engineer. He has contributed to offshore wind farm aerodynamics and optimisation research for > 10 years, and contributed to the layout design of several offshore wind farms.

   
 
supply chain theatre
Day 2 - 29 october
 12:30 - 12:40 

Topic TBC

Eoghan Quinn, Worley

 12:45 - 12:55

Topic TBC

Julio De La Jara,
 Head of Contract Management East Anglia HUB, Scottish Power Renewables

Julio de la Jara is the Head of Contract Management for East Anglia Hub Offshore Wind projects.  He is responsible for driving the commercial strategy of the East Anglia Hub forward and leading the commercial projects team to ensure that the needs of the projects are met whilst managing contractual and commercial risks. He has worked in the Offshore Wind business at ScottishPower Renewables for 10 years across engineering and development teams.  Prior to his current role, Julio was Contracts Manager on Iberdrola’s Wikinger project from 2011 to its successful completion in 2017.

 13:00 -13:10

Rising to the challenge: land availability, deep water and easy access must be matched by innovation, collaboration and Government support if ports are to provide the most efficient and cost-effective services and facilities for the fast-growing offshore wind power installation, operation and maintenance sector.

Simon Brett, Port of Tyne

13:15 - 13:25

Regional meteorological and oceanographic considerations for the design, construction and operation of offshore wind farms

 Robin Stephens, Lead Metocean Consultant, ABPmer

 13:45 - 13:55 

Leagile principles and increased competitiveness of the value chain in the installation of offshore wind farms

Mario González, Head of "CREATION Research Group for Renewable Energy", Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) - Brazil

PhD in Industrial Engineering since 2010. Is Head of CREATION research group in Renewable Energy. Currently is professor at the Technology Centre of Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Since 2012 had coordinate research projects related on economics and infrastructure studies on value chain for competitiveness of wind energy sector. Has published articles in journals related on Renewable Energy.

15:00 - 15:10

 Is it synergy time? The era of offshore wind clusters.

 Fernando Sevilla Montoya, DNV GL

15:15 -15:25

 Utilising cable installation techniques and experience from other industries, within the emerging floating offshore wind sector

Kevin Robb, Commercial Director, Global Marine Group

Kevin is responsible for supporting business growth within subsea power cable projects by developing compelling, winning solutions as well as offering ongoing commercial support during project execution. Kevin has more than 30 years of combined experience in the marine, oil & gas and renewables sectors, within commercial, design/project engineering and operational and project management capacities. Kevin has BSc in Marine Engineering.

 

 

 
supply chain theatre
Day 3 - 30 october
 12:00 - 12:10 

Navigating changes to Shipping and Navigation Guidance for OREI Developments

Dr Ed Rogers, Founding Director, Nash Maritime

Dr Ed Rogers is a founding director of NASH Maritime with nearly 20 years’ experience in assessment and management of maritime, shipping and navigation risk. Ed has been involved in the development and consenting project life-cycle of offshore renewable projects in the UK and globally since 2009 and is an industry recognised subject matter expert.

 12:15 - 12:25

Where to build offshore wind? – Optimising the cost, connection and supply chain challenge

Dr Kate Freeman, Managing Consultant, BVG Associates Ltd

Kate leads BVGA’s work in cost of energy modelling. She also provides technical input on offshore wind into workstreams such as market assessment, business advice and supply chain analysis. Kate is always working to give her clients the information that they need in a way that is meaningful for them.

12:30 - 12:40 

Reduced radar cross section wind farms: Solving wind turbine radar interference at the source.

Dr Adam Nevin, Innovation Lead, Trelleborg Applied Technologies

Dr Adam Nevin is the Innovation Lead within Trelleborg’s Applied Technologies operation in Retford. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Nottingham on highly functionalised nanomaterials and their potential for revolutionising the renewable energy sector, before continuing to a subsequent post-doctoral position developing novel smart polymers at Cardiff University.

13:30 - 13:40 

Magnetically geared generator for offshore wind turbine applications. 

Dr David Powell, Principal Engineer – Drive Technology, Magnomatics Limited

 13:45 - 13:55

 Global floating wind cost analysis

Magnus Ebbesen, DNV GL

Magnus Ebbesen holds a Master of Science in Engineering Science and Computer Science from NTNU and has worked in DNV GL since 2009. He is the business lead for floating wind advisory in the nordics and UK.
Magnus has since 2013 worked primarily with managing and contributing to technical due diligence, market assessment and cost- and risk-assessments for offshore wind. Magnus has in this period led technical due diligences for bottom fixed offshore wind projects in UK, Germany and Taiwan and numerous floating offshore wind projects. He has also conducted floating wind market- and cost studies for many of the leading floating wind developers.

 

  

 

 


 
Innovation theatre
Day 1 - 28 october
13:00 - 13:10

The use of game changing digital technologies for the efficient operation of AUVs

Mark Lawless, Director, JBA Consulting

13:15 - 13:25

Wind-AI: Wind Turbine Performance modelling utilising Deep Learning with LIDAR Validation

Chris Fraser, Founder & Director, Applied AI, Cognitive Business

Chris Fraser is a pioneer in the direct application of AI and advanced machine learning to industry-scale problems. Delivering beyond human-level analytical solutions tailored for the global wind sector, he focuses on making complex problems clear and actionable. To date his solutions have saved hundreds of millions of pounds across billions worth of assets worldwide.

13:45  13:55 

State of the Art and Outlook on Structural Health Monitoring Systems for Offshore Wind Farms

Dr.-Ing. Georg C. Enss, Business Development Wind Energy, Woelfel

Dr.-Ing. Georg C. Enss is mechanical engineer and has over ten years of experience in the field of structural vibrations. As Business Development Manager at Wölfel Wind Systems, he is responsible for vibration-based offshore foundation monitoring systems and tuned mass dampers for vibration reduction in wind turbines.

 15:00 - 15:15

 Electrifying Oil & Gas Platforms using Floating Wind

Tom Quinn, ORE Catapult

15:15 - 15:25

Hybrid fixed/floating offshore wind: A study into the benefit of hybrid sites to accelerate floating wind deployment

Miriam Noonan, ORE Catapult

   
 
Innovation theatre
Day 2 - 29 october
 12:45 - 12:55

Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Integrated Lightweight Composite (IDL) Tower

Siddharth Krishna Swamy

 13:00 -13:10

TSPC – A new deep water foundation on suction piles

Andy Newman, Global Marine Group 

13:15 - 13:25

Tri Suction Pile Cluster (TSPC) Foundation

Erik ter Horst, R&D Manager, SPT Offshore, Tri Suction Pile Cluster (TSPC) Foundation

Mr. Erik ter Horst is the R&D manager of SPT Offshore (Woerden, NL). With over 29 years experience in both the Oil &Gas- and Offshore Renewables industry, Mr. ter Horst is responsible for development of all innovations regarding Suction Pile foundations, -mooring anchors and suction pump equipment.

13:30 - 13:40 

New type of suction buckets – experiences from testing a full-scale bucket

Jesper Møller, Head of Offshore Balance of Plant Innovations, Siemens Gamesa

Jesper is appointed as Head of Offshore Balance of Plant Innovations at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. Responsible for future oriented technologies for tomorrows Offshore Wind Farms within Electrical as well as Civil balance of plant areas and offshore logistics solutions. Before that he was Head of Offshore Technologies within the Technology and Innovation area. He graduated as an Electrical Engineer from Aarhus Technical College in 1991.  He joined Siemens as Project Manager in 2001 and was appointed Senior Proposal Manager in 2005. As Offshore Sales Manager he has been responsible for negotiating contracts for large offshore wind farms, including Greater Gabbard. In 2008 he was appointed head of Offshore Technology and in 2009 he was appointed Director for Offshore Engineering.

 13:45 - 13:55 

Understanding past landscape evolution as a tool for more cost effective, and resilient, offshore windfarm siting

Dr Andy Emery, Research assistant in Energy Transition, School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds

15:00 - 15:10

Navigating Gales of Creative Destruction: Resource Reallocation from Oil and Gas to Offshore Wind Energy Industry

Aldona Kapacinskaite, PhD Researcher | Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School

Aldona Kapacinskaite is a PhD Researcher in Strategy and Entrepreneurship area at London Business School, where she studies drivers of organisational innovation in the energy sector. Her research was recognised by the Strategic Management Society Dissertation Award and several grants from the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Wheeler Institute at London Business School. She holds a double MSc in Economics and Public Policy from Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau) and Sciences Po Paris. Prior to joining LBS, she worked at Google, the European Commission and INSEAD.

15:15 -15:25

Clean installation vessels for the next generation of offshore wind

Dr Norman Skillen, General Manager UK & Ireland, Jan De Nul (UK) Ltd

Dr Norman Skillen has seven years’ experience in offshore wind during a 30 year energy sector career that encompasses oil, gas and petrochemical operations and consultancy into electricity generation, networks and energy supply.  As the Jan De Nul UK & Ireland general manager, Norman’s current role includes offshore wind business development for UK, US and Irish projects, including installation and balance of plant services for foundations, cables, and wind turbines.  Norman also maintains a close interest in the development of the offshore wind supply chain.    

15:30 - 15:40

Demowind

Yannis Dragotis, Head of Nuclear & Renewable Energy Innovation Delivery , Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Yannis completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Technological Educational Institute of Larissa in Greece, before going on to complete a Masters in Engineering Management at the Brunel University. Yannis has been the Head of Renewable Energy Innovation Delivery at BEIS since May 2018. Prior to this he was a Project Management Engineer at Pharos Marine Automatic Power and has held various engineering positions in the UK and Greece.

 

 

 
Innovation theatre
Day 3 - 30 october
12:30 - 12:40 

Aviation 

Anne MacKenzie, Aviation Manager, ScottishPower Renewables

Anne is ScottishPower Renewables’ Aviation Manager, working to resolve aviation issues for SPR’s development and operational sites, both onshore and offshore.  Anne is chair of RenewableUK’s Aviation Working Group, an industry member of BEIS’s Aviation Management Board and an OWIC representative on the Joint MOD-OWIC Air Defence Mitigation Task Force. 

12:45 - 12:55

Developing the next-generation wind turbines – 20MW and above

Thomas Wildsmith, ORE Catapult

Thomas is a Business Development Proposals Manager at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. He is responsible for establishing effective relationships and developing collaborative R&D projects with partners around the world. His current focus in on cross sector innovation opportunties and next generation manufacturing to support the UK offshore wind industry.

13:15 - 13:25 

Offshore wind and battery storage: a credible path towards electricity baseload

John Nwobu, Research Engineer – Grid and Storage, ORE Catapult

John has over 7 years of experience in working within the wind power, power electronics, and energy storage industry.  He joined ORE Catapult in 2019 to provide input into the electrical infrastructure as a Research Engineer in Grid & Storage. He is responsible for the support and delivery of research and development activities related to electrical grid and storage and the development of the R&D and commercial activity in this area.

 

 

 

 


 
Global markets theatre
Day 1 - 28 october
13:45  - 13:55

Offshore wind auctions: the challenges and solutions

Andy Strowbridge, Associate Director, BVG Associates

   
 
global markets theatre
Day 2 - 29 october
15:30 - 16:00

Alfonso Montero, Project Services Director, Iberdrola Renewables

As Projects Services Director, for Iberdrola’s Offshore Business, Alfonso is responsible for all the technical areas of the business, including Health and Safety, Quality, Engineering, Construction and Contracts Management. Alfonso has over 16 years’ experience in large-scale energy projects with the focus, for the past 8 years, in Offshore Wind.

15:30 - 16:00

Jesper Moeller, Head of Offshore Balance of Plant Innovations, Siemens Gamesa

Jesper is appointed as Head of Offshore Balance of Plant Innovations at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. Responsible for future oriented technologies for tomorrows Offshore Wind Farms within Electrical as well as Civil balance of plant areas and offshore logistics solutions. Before that he was Head of Offshore Technologies within the Technology and Innovation area. He graduated as an Electrical Engineer from Aarhus Technical College in 1991.  He joined Siemens as Project Manager in 2001 and was appointed Senior Proposal Manager in 2005. As Offshore Sales Manager he has been responsible for negotiating contracts for large offshore wind farms, including Greater Gabbard. In 2008 he was appointed head of Offshore Technology and in 2009 he was appointed Director for Offshore Engineering.