Global Offshore Wind 2018 - Poster Presentations

The experts will be at their poster during all the breaks and lunch times where you can speak with them.  This will take place in the Exhibition Hall on Day 1 and Day 2.

There will be posters from across our sector, and in particular from academic and research institutions, presenting on: Innovation and Technology; Construction, Installation and O&M; and Grid and Energy Systems. Furthermore, there will be a strong focus on People and Diversity in the sector.

Delegates get to vote for the most innovative and inspiring poster over the course of the event, culminating in the Award for the Best Poster being presented betweeen 15.40 - 16.00 in the Innovation Theatre, sponsored by MHI Vestas on Day 2, Wednesday 20 June.

Fawzi Abou-Chahine

Renewable Energy Lead
National Physical Laboratory

Identifying Innovation Challenges in Offshore Wind
Recent innovations within all facets of wind energy supply chain, from turbine design and manufacture to structural health inspections, have led to improved efficiency and significant reductions to the cost of wind energy. Technological collaborations have helped overcome several industrial challenges through accurate measurements. This poster describes the disruptive innovations the National Physical Laboratory are supporting all aspects of the supply chain, from Government bodies and key energy developers to local businesses. Clear examples of current and future industry challenges that remain are given as well as examples of how they can be overcome by accurate measurement.Recent innovations within all facets of wind energy supply chain, from turbine design and manufacture to structural health inspections, have led to improved efficiency and significant reductions to the cost of wind energy. Technological collaborations have helped overcome several industrial challenges through accurate measurements. This poster describes the disruptive innovations the National Physical Laboratory are supporting all aspects of the supply chain, from Government bodies and key energy developers to local businesses. Clear examples of current and future industry challenges that remain are given as well as examples of how they can be overcome by accurate measurement.

Fawzi is the renewable energy lead, working at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), a Government research facility that provides the measurement capability that underpins all UK industry. Technological advances ranging from secure quantum communications and superfast 5G, to safe and reliable asset health monitoring, all require reliable measurement which NPL provides. Building on over a century’s worth of technical expertise, our science and engineering saves lives, protects the environment and improves commercial processes. Our work also supports international trade and commercial innovation. Based in London, NPL also has regional bases at the Universities of Surrey, Strathclyde and Cambridge.


Ajai Ahluwalia
Senior Electrical Engineer

Getting An Offshore Wind Farm Grid Compliant
With the ever-increasing goal off lowering the LCoE the effectiveness of the installation and commissioning process is essential. A key consideration, during this phase, is the approach to Grid Compliance. Whether it be the reduction of generation, interruption of WTG reliability tests or even delays to subsidy payments the understanding and inclusion of grid compliance factors is one that needs promotion and escalation on any Offshore Wind Farm. This presentation will share the experiences from Dudgeon OWF so that others may learn about the process, become aware of the interdependencies and ultimately avoid the pitfalls for future projects.

Beginning his Renewables career with Centrica Renewables back in 2010 Ajai was able finally able to fulfil a long-term aspiration of working in Offshore Wind as an Electrical Engineer. Following a few years at ScottishPower Renewables Offshore Wind, he took an opportunity with Statoil to work on Dudgeon and was seconded to Construction as Lead Commissioning Engineer for the Onshore Substation. Since the completion of the Substation Ajai has returned to Operations as a Senior Electrical Engineer and has more recently taken on the role of Acting Systems & Integrity Manager for Dudgeon and Hywind Scotland Offshore Wind Farms.


Philip Bradstock

Scientific Software Developer

Wind Farm Layout Optimisation Using a 3D RANS Wake Model
Performing layout optimisations is important to reduce levelised cost of energy (LCoE) for offshore wind farms. Due to performance constraints, current layout optimisation processes use single axisymmetric turbine wake models with explicit analytical superposition. Previous studies show that these methods deliver inaccurate power capture in even simple multiple wake cases. This talk covers the validation of a new 3D RANS wind farm wake model which models multiple wakes, yet without requiring a prohibitive calculation time for layout optimisation. Case studies are presented of layout optimisation using this 3D wake model and compared with layout optimisation using single turbine wake models.

Philip Bradstock is a scientific software developer at ProPlanEn Ltd, chiefly responsible for the development of simulation code in WakeBlaster. He graduated with a Masters in Physics from Oxford University and then spent six years developing the wind turbine aero-elastic tool Bladed before joining ProPlanEn in 2017.


Florian Briard

Offshore Wind Research Engineer
EDF Energy

Blyth Offshore Demonstrator: Float and Submerged Gravity Based Foundation: Lessons Learnt on a Structural Health Monitoring System from the Design, Installation and Commissioning
The 41.5 MW Blyth Offshore Demonstrator located of the North-East coast of England demonstrated the feasibility of an innovative foundation: the float-and-submerge gravity-based foundation. This foundation completely revolutionizes the way offshore wind farms are built. Its model negates the use of heavy lift and expensive vessels at every phase of the project. Monitoring the structural behaviour of this new foundation during its lifetime is key to obtain valuable lessons learnt and improve the future generation. This presentation presents the lessons learnt from design, installation and commissioning of the foundation structural health monitoring system.

Florian Briard joined EDF Energy R&D UK Centre in April 2015. He is an offshore wind engineer working on a variety of consultancy and research activities (offshore foundation structural health monitoring, cost modelling, offshore operational weather risk modelling, predictive analytics for turbine fault prediction…). He is EDF technical lead for the condition monitoring system installed for the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator.


David Campos-Gaona

Research Associate
University of Strathclyde

Dynamic Wind Power Plant Control for System Integration
This project presents a holistic wind farm control approach that enables wind power plants to provide the full range of ancillary services including synthetic inertia at system-wide level rather than single turbine level. In order to detect a power system event and select the magnitude of the service provision from the wind farm, a fully instrumented small/medium generator is used. By slaving the wind farm output to the generator natural response during power system events, the wind farm is able to provide a stable scaled-up range of ancillary services without relying in delayed or noisy grid frequency measurements.

David Campos-Gaona received the B.E. degree in electronic engineering, and the M.Sc. and PhD. degrees in electrical engineering, all from Instituto Tecnolgico de Morelia, Mexico, in 2004, 2007, and 2012, respectively.From 2014 to 2016, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada. Since August 2016, he is a Research Associate with the University of Strathclyde, UK. His research interest include wind power integration, HVDC transmission systems and real-time digital control of power electronic devices.


Fiona Cox

Research Analyst
University of Hull

Assessing and Developing Methods to Measure the Economic Impact of Major Investments on Local Economies: Case of the Siemens Gamesa and Associated British Port Investment in a Blade Manufacturing Facility in Hull
This research seeks to develop a robust methodology for assessing and measuring economic impacts, using a modified Keynesian Multiplier model. In light of access to primary data, the research explores the possibility of a novel, and thus far, unseen, ‘composite’ approach to multiplier estimation and demonstrates the way in which a bootstrap method could be hybridized with the Keynesian Multiplier, to generate a confidence interval.The intention of this presentation is to provide researchers and industry practitioners with much sought after methodological and data collection guidance, to assist future estimation efforts arising from regional investments in offshore wind related activities.

Fiona is a second year Economics PhD candidate, sponsored by Aura, who works as a Research Analyst at Hull University’s Logistics Institute. The topic of her research is Economic Impact Assessment.Fiona holds a First Class Honours BSc(Econ) in Economics, and an MSc(Econ) in Economics and Business, for which she was granted Distinction, and the highest mark in her cohort, earning her Hull University Business School’s postgraduate award for Outstanding Achievement. Prior to postgraduate study, Fiona worked as an Analyst for a Russian investment bank and then as a Research Analyst for a consultancy firm.


Dr Steven Downie


Extreme Wave Loads on Large Diameter Monopiles: Are We Approaching the "Ringing" Sweet Spot?
Extreme wave loads on large diameter monopile foundations may be substantially increased by dynamic excitation of the structure due to complex loading mechanisms such as “ringing”. Conventional design methods do not capture ringing response, which has generally been acceptable as smaller diameter foundations have not fallen within the loading regime where ringing plays a significant role. However, with the trend towards larger turbines and larger diameter monopiles to support them, experience from the oil & gas sector indicates that this will not remain the case. This study explains how ringing may impact foundation design for Round 4 sites.

Steven is a hydrodynamics specialist, with over a decade’s experience working in a range of sectors, including offshore energy, commercial buildings, water infrastructure and nuclear. His work in the offshore energy sector has primarily focused on assessment of extreme environmental loads, where he has recently completed the in place wave load assessment for the detailed design of a 210,000 tonne concrete gravity substructure, and scour, where he has acted as a technical advisor on a number of UK windfarms experiencing issues with secondary scour due to complex near field flow effects around cable crossing structures and substation foundations.


Gilles Gardner

Technical Manager
2H Offshore Engineering Ltd

Cable System Engineering Cost Reductions for Deepwater Floating Offshore Wind
The advent of large floating wind farms introduces the opportunity for serial production of standardised components in order to achieve significant cost reductions. In deep water (>60m), such cost reductions can be achieved through the optimisation of the array cable configuration. Isolating vertical motions of the floating wind turbine unit from the touch down point minimises fatigue and over bending. This reduces the likelihood of failures occurring. Parametric global analysis is performed to assess the fatigue and strength limits of an array cable with and without the use of a subsea arch in varying water depths and environments.

Gilles has over 15 years’ design, analysis and integrity management experience of flexible product systems including cross section design, in-situ analysis, manufacturing, fatigue assessments, inspection and integrity management. Gilles has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering (Design and Manufacturing), is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


Laure Grignon

Metocean & Renewables Consultant

Improved Characterisation of Offshore Wind Data
Extreme and Normal Offshore Wind (ENOW) is a new Joint Industry Project (JIP) to improve the characterisation of offshore winds. Standard formulations still in use to quantify winds for design, resource and operability assessments are based on limited datasets. Using met mast datasets collected over the past decade, this project is developing more appropriate formulations, with a focus on wind turbulence intensity, wind profile and gust factors. New methods will also be developed for derivation of long term statistics from widely available wind models. Data availability, and the drive to lower the cost of offshore wind energy, makes this work particularly timely and will reduce the uncertainty in the quantification of offshore winds.

Dr Laure Grignon is a Chartered Marine Scientist and Metocean and Renewables Consultant. Her main area of expertise is the provision of Metocean data and management of the Metocean elements of offshore renewables projects. She has worked on numerous offshore wind projects as a technical analyst and package manager while at RES, and now as an independent consultant. She has been involved in all stages of offshore wind farm delivery, developing innovative methods to drive cost reduction. She works closely with other experts in order to improve industry standards.


Simon Heyes

Chief Executive Officer

Progress on the Development of a 500kW Airborne Wind Energy System in the West of Scotland
KPS will provide an update on site activities since securing equity investment from EON, Shell,  Schlumberger and Scottish Enterprise at the start of 2017. This will include company relocation, test site development, environmental permitting and development of a 500kW demonstrator unit.

Simon Heyes joined KPS as CEO in July 2017.  He is leading a Scottish-based company developing a new airborne wind energy technology product which will utilise the stronger wind speeds at heights greater than currently reached at tip heights of conventional wind turbines and achieve an LCOE (levelised cost of energy) which does not require any support mechanism for commercial deployment.  Prior to KPS, Simon has worked in the renewable energy sector for over 15 years, as SSE’s General Manager for Renewables in Great Britain and subsequently as the Construction and Delivery Director for Infinis.


Jonathan Huddlestone

PhD Student and Research Assistant
University of Hull

Safety and Productivity of Offshore Wind Technicians in Transit (SPOWTT): A Collaborative Research Project to Support Decision Making
Unscheduled operations and maintenance activities on offshore wind installations accounts for almost a quarter of the lifetime cost of an offshore farm. A proportion of that is time wasted in failed crew transits or workers unable to carry out their duties as a direct result of rough weather conditions. By better understanding the relationship between sea state, vessel motion, and technician health, wellbeing, and safety, it is possible to plan transits and work packages more efficiently and safely. The evidence collected through the current project will provide the basis for a decision support tool for marine coordinators and operations managers.

Jon Huddlestone is a Research Assistant and PhD student at the University of Hull. His background is in Psychology and academic interests are Human Factors and risks in Health and Safety. He is particularly focused on research in Offshore Wind, and works as part of Aura, multi-disciplinary Offshore Wind research group based at the University of Hull.  Aura’s mission is to deliver low-carbon innovation through collaboration to deliver world-leading multidisciplinary research. Jon’s psychology-based research contribute to the broad aims of the Aura initiative by contributing to an understanding of the challenges facing OSW technicians.


Benjamin King

Senior Consultant (Renewables and Marine Development)
Royal HaskoningDHV

Proportionate EIA: A Win-Win Outcome
With new licensing rounds, and project extensions in the UK, and new projects worldwide over the next decade – how can we use our experience to make the consenting process more efficient and learn from previous projects? Given the need for progress on lowering the cost of energy there is increasing interest in proportionate EIA. We also have a new EIA Directive in force across Europe, placing potential new demands on up-front planning needs. There are opportunities and challenges in the delivery of better EIA – we can be smarter in delivering and technology can provide new tools for interpretation and engagement.

Benjamin is a senior consultant and Chartered Marine Scientist with a background in marine ecology. Ben has 9 years of experience providing various consent services in the marine renewables industry. Ben has worked on various stages of offshore wind development, including project feasibility, EIA, post consent compliance and offshore survey. Ben is currently an offshore project manager for the team delivering DCO applications for the proposed East Anglia ONE North and East Anglia TWO offshore windfarms, and is the offshore Ecological Clerk of Works for the Moray East wind farm.


Dr.-Ing Fabian Kirsch

Partner and Managing Director
GuD Geotechnik und Dynamik Consult GmbH

Experiences and Lessons Learned with New Design Approaches for Cost-Optimised Large Diameter Monopile Foundations
The economical design of offshore monopiles depends on the realistic modelling of the lateral embedment provided by the surrounding soil. The p-y curves for small pile diameters published in the API guidelines are commonly used for this task. For large diameter piles, Kirsch et al. propose a reduction of the effective friction angle depending on the pile diameter. Furthermore, Kallehave et al. and Kirsch et al. propose a modification of the API p-y curves to account for the higher soil stiffness at very small strains. The results of numerical studies and in-situ measurements support the validity of the proposed modifications.

Fabian Kirsch is a civil engineer and holds a PhD degree in geotechnical engineering from TU Braunschweig. He has strong expertise in foundation engineering and offshore geotechnics. He was involved in numerous offshore wind projects in the German North and Baltic Sea either as geotechnical expert, foundation designer or checking engineer on behalf of the certifying authority. Being a member of the board of directors of the German Geotechnical Society he consulted the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency and the Federal Institute for Materials in geotechnical matters. He authored over 60 scientific papers many of them dealing with offshore geotechnics.


Andrew Lloyd

Director, Power Cables
Global Marine Group

A Cable Specialist’s Perspective On Managing On-Going Pre-Planned Maintenance and Emergency Repairs
With the phenomenal growth of offshore wind, the sector is becoming heavily reliant on the use of subsea power cables which are vital for the import and export of electricity. There is estimated to be approximately 20,000km of power cable installed in northern European waters by 2030, with 10 to 40 large-scale cable repair projects expected in the North Sea per year.   A cable specialist’s perspective on managing on-going pre-planned maintenance and emergency repairs.

As Director of Power Cables, Andy delivers the company’s Complete Cable Care service. Since working as part of the Global Marine Group, Andy has gained a wealth of experience in a whole range of projects offshore, including project delivery responsibility for inter array cable installations at the UK’s first offshore wind farm Blyth in 2000, Horns Rev in 2002, which was Europe’s first wind farm, and in 2004 at the Kentish Flats, the UK’s first commercial wind farm.


Robert McLean

Senior Geotechnical Engineer: Infrastructure

Reliable and Efficient Design of Driven Piles for Offshore Wind Jacket Structures
Wind turbine foundations, which represent around 25% of the overall turbine cost and include significant installation risks, have significant potential for cost reduction. To date, most foundations have been monopiles in relatively shallow waters; however, alternative solutions are required to tackle increasing water depths and turbine sizes. This paper focuses on the use of steel jacket structures founded on driven piles used to support wind turbine generators. Specific aspects of pile design considered include: CPT-based pile design methods, assessing the impact of cyclic loading and the effect of soil structure interaction on natural frequency and load distribution in the structure.

Robert is a Senior Geotechnical Engineer in Atkins’ Offshore Geotechnics team and is based in Glasgow.  He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and for the last six years has worked on the design of foundations for a range of offshore wind projects in European waters.  Key projects include the Dudgeon, Beatrice and Triton Knoll offshore wind farms, for which he has undertaken both geotechnical design and engineering management roles.


Dr Tessa McGarry

Principle Marine Ecologist
RPS Energy

ORJIP Phase 2: Improvements to Standard Mitigation Measure During Piling: Understanding the Effectiveness of ADDs on Minke Whale
A priority consenting risk for offshore wind is the potential effects of subsea noise (primarily during pile-driving) on marine mammals. To address this risk, ORJIP proposed a project to investigate the efficacy of Acoustic Deterrent Devices (ADDs) to deter marine mammals during piling. RPS led Phase 2 of this study and carried out in-field testing on the efficacy of ADDs to deter minke whale and to provide recommendations on use during construction. The study was conducted in Faxaflói Bay (Iceland) and demonstrated that ADDs are effective at invoking a deterrence response without the risk of inducing injurious effects.

Dr Tessa McGarry joined RPS in 2004, and is a Principal Marine Ecologist, with a focus on the provision of marine mammal technical input to a variety of offshore renewables and other marine projects.  Tessa has provided marine mammals expertise on several offshore wind farms around the UK, and has worked with developers to develop mitigation strategies, both as part of the project design and post-consent requirements. Tessa has a strong academic background in marine ecology and conservation, and is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.


Roberts Proskovics

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Wind Farm Wide Control for Lowering O&M Costs
ORE Catapult will present the key findings from a project looking into digitalisation of offshore wind farms to lower O&M costs using wind farm wide control, which as opposed to individual, independent wind turbine control, looks at a wind farm as one holistic unit. The presentation will provide a high-level insight into wind farm wide control, including hardware requirements, feasibility of hardware retrospective installation, technical and commercial barriers, control strategies, and a cost-benefit analysis of wind farm wide control.

Roberts Proskovics joined the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult in August 2015 after completing a PhD in dynamic response of floating offshore wind turbines.  ORE Catapult is the UK’s flagship technology innovation and research centre for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy. Working within ORE Catapult’s Operational Performance directorate, he specialises in floating wind and risk management, and supports other wind turbine related projects.


Gavin Rippe

Business Development Director
Maats Tech Ltd

Enabling Technology: Innovative Cable Lay
Cable lay operations in offshore wind are approaching two hurdles – how to efficiently overboard multiple buoyancy modules onto floating windfarms without cable kinking, and how to overboard deepwater cable whilst maintaining structural integrity. Failures on existing OWFs are becoming unsustainable, and the paper addresses how these risks are mitigated. 2017 saw patents granted for overboarding concepts that will enable standard CLVs achieve all functions whilst maintaining cable integrity. In both cases, a moving continuous belt imparting no friction or point loading to the cable, is installed over the existing stern chute. The paper will highlight these concepts as vessel enablers.

Mr Rippe is Business Director with MAATS Tech, a leading specialist in cable handling systems in the offshore wind industry, with significant supply scope on NKT Victoria, Lewek Connector, and DEME Living Stone. He previously held a senior position with JDR Cable Systems for 12 years, overseeing it transition from pure oil & gas to offshore wind. He graduated with a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering from Portsmouth University.


Michael Smailes

Research Engineer, Offshore Electrical Infrastructures
Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Performance and Validation Assemessment the High Definition Modular Multilevel Converter for Offshore Wind Turbines
This work presents the results of an experimental assessment of a novel High Definition Modular Multilevel Converter (HD-MMC) algorithm. The HD-MMC algorithm increases the number of voltage levels created by a given MMC topology without additional hardware, particularly useful in low and medium voltage applications. Results from an experimental validation and assessment of the HD-MMC algorithm compared to a conventional MMC using Nearest Level and Pulse Width Modulation (NLM and PWM) are presented. These show that the HD-MMC achieves a similar reduction in Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) compared to using PWM while greatly reducing the number of switching events.

Michael graduated with a MEng in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from The University of Edinburgh in 2011. He is currently working as a Research Engineer in the area of offshore electrical infrastructures for ORE Catapult. His work focuses on HVDC power collection, transmission and distribution systems for offshore renewable energy plants.


Ryan Spick

PhD Researcher
University of Hull

Wave Height Classification of Satellite Images Using Deep Learning for More Cost-Effective Access to Offshore Wind Farms
With the size of offshore wind farms ever increasing the number of buoys needed to generalise across the entirety of the farm will have to increase. Therefore the development of a method that uses large scale satellite images to classify the state of the sea in order to provide a prediction tool to schedule the safe access of offshore wind farms that proves to be more reliable than the previous and less convenient method of using multiple buoy data.

Ryan Spick is part of a specialist, multi-disciplinary Offshore Wind PhD Cluster based at the University of Hull, under the Aura initiative.  Aura’s mission is to deliver low-carbon innovation through collaboration, fostering world-leading multidisciplinary research, combined with a robust understanding of the skills required to support the sector’s development.


Dr.-Ing. Jens Wiemann and Jan Fischer

Project Manager
Fichtner Consulting Engineers

Offshore GeotechnicsMonopiles: Vibratory Pile Driving and in-situ Pile-Soil-Stiffness
Fichtner Water & Transportation GmbH (FWT) has developed two calculation proposals for non-cohesive soils for predicting an installation carried out solely with a vibratory hammer and for estimating the bedding stiffness of a laterally stressed monopile. On the basis of model tests, measurement data of monopiles installed by means of vibration driving and their recalculation, hints and suggestions for simulation predictions are given. In combination with an existing calculation approach, the foundation stiffness is calculated on the basis of seismic borehole measurements.

Jens Wiemann is a civil engineer with 17 years of experience in the offshore wind branch. He has been working in research, construction industry and consulting, including as head of the design team for the Baltic2 jackets and as a geotechnical expert for Trianel Phase 2.

Jan Fischer holds a degree in geotechnics, followed by his research on pile driving prediction.  Jan has in-depth knowledge from 12 years of professional experience, including as geotechnical expert for Trianel Phase 2, and is a member of the subcommittee “Dynamic Pile Testing" of the Piling Committee of the German Geotechnical Society.


Prof Lucy Wyatt

Professor of Applied Mathematics
University of Sheffield

HF Radars for Offshore Wind Farm Operations and Maintenance Support
High Frequency (HF) radar is a unique technology in that it offers mapping of coastal ocean surface currents and wave fields over wide areas with high spatial and temporal resolution. They are thus ideal for supporting offshore wind at all stages of development of a wind farm e.g. siting decisions, impact assessments and safe installation and maintenance. This poster will demonstrate the capabilities of such systems, show the potential coverage available for a sample wind farm site in the UK and discuss new research directions including wind speed measurement and removal of interference caused by moving turbine blades.

Lucy Wyatt is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Sheffield and Technical Director of Seaview Sensing Ltd, established  in 2004 to commercialise the software developed at Sheffield. She has over 150 publications in HF radar oceanography. Previous posts: Director of the Australian Coastal Ocean Radar Network, a Facility of the Australian Integrated Marine Observing system, James Cook University, Australia, 2011-2014; Dept of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Birmingham; Department of Meteorology, University of Reading;  Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, The John Hopkins University, USA. PhD from Dept of Oceanography, University of Southampton, 1976.


David Young

Research Engineer
IDCORE and Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Predicting Failure of Dynamic Cables for Floating Offshore Wind
Technological advancements in the offshore wind industry have increased the viability of large floating turbines. All floating structures will require cables to run through the water column, from their base at the water surface to the seabed. This exposes the cables to the dynamic forces produced by marine currents, waves and motions of the floating platform. Therefore, predicting how these cables will perform and survive offshore is crucial. This presentation will discuss the forces a dynamic cable will be exposed to. How these forces contribute to the mechanical stresses across a cable cross-section is also analysed and presented accordingly.

David Young is a research engineer at the Industrial Doctorate Centre of Offshore Renewable Energy, IDCORE. He is completing his doctorate thesis on predicting dynamic subsea cables failures in conjunction with IDCORE and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. He holds a Master of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering and has previous experience working in Environmental Engineering and the Oil and Gas sector.


Giorgio Zorzi

PhD Student
University of Strathclyde

Wind Turbine Performance Assessment and Power Curve Outlier Rejection Using Copula Modelling
The conventional means of assessing performance of a wind turbine is through consideration of its power curve. However, this representation fails to capture plausibility of measurement and cannot provide anomaly detection capabilities, which may assist in the detection of plant degradation. Although the probabilistic form of the power curve is complex, Copula models are presented here as a means of expressing the operational power curve as a joint distribution of wind speed and power output. This probabilistic model is demonstrated as an efficient way to remove outliers from operational SCADA data, simplifying and accelerating the process of identifying plant maloperation.

Giorgio Zorzi is a PhD Researcher at the Doctoral Training Centre in Wind and Marine Energy at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. His main area of research is control of wind turbines and in particular the study on new way to improve their yield. He received his MSc and BEng in Electrical Engineering from the University of Padua, Italy. Prior to joining academia, Giorgio worked as a teacher of technical subject in a high school in Verona, Italy. His current project is on wind turbine performance assessment and power curve outlier rejection using copula modelling.