Programme

Our world-class Global Offshore Wind event has never been more accessible as we launch GOW V-Fest. This virtual festival will explore offshore wind’s role in the green economic recovery, energy transition and opportunities for innovation. Over three days, you will hear from experts sharing insights, knowledge and expertise on the latest developments in offshore wind in the UK, Europe and the world.

Our online conference programme is combined with a virtual exhibition hall to create a unique virtual networking experience for professionals, students and aspiring enthusiasts of the wind industry.  Quite simply: GOW V-Fest 22-24 July 2020 is the virtual place to be!


 PROGRAMME

 

22 JULY 2020:  Economic Recovery

Offshore wind will have a significant role in the powering the international economic recovery, with the UK at the forefront of investment in a sustainable economy. Join these two sessions to hear about how industry is playing its part in helping the economy to emerge from the Covid-19 downturn, growing the supply chain and the future of renewable hydrogen. Learn from experts looking at the economic recovery from a global perspective, to consider opportunities and how to make the most of them in 2020 and beyond.

 
09:30-10:35

 
INVESTMENT AND THE GREEN ECONOMIC RECOVERY: IS THE MONEY WHERE THE MOUTH IS?
Over the past months we all heard a great deal about the green economic recovery. What are the investment plans required to make this happen? What innovations will speed up this process? What will governments need to do to help? 

             Chair

Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive, RenewableUK

 
Panellists Declan Burke, Director, Clean Power Strategy and Deployment, BEIS Lindsay McQuade, CEO, ScottishPower Renewables
  Dr Paolo Frankl,  Head of the Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency
Ray Thompson, Head of Business Development, Siemens Gamesa RE
   Andrew Jamieson, CEO, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult 
     
11:00-11:45

GLOBAL APPROACHES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Countries around the globe are setting their sights on green recovery. The renewables industry has a key role to play in this. How are countries intending to seize this opportunity and what is the size of the prize? This session will explore the role of governments and business in getting global economies back on track, what compromises might need to be made, and the specific role of the UK Government as COP President.

      Chair Rebecca Williams, Head of Policy, RenewableUK
 
Panellists Ben Backwell,  CEO, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)
Benj Sykes, Vice President, UK Offshore, Ørsted
  Jonathan Cole, Managing Director, Iberdrola Renewables Offshore  Mary Thorogood, Senior Specialist Development, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
   Mary Quaney,  Group CFO and Executive Director, Mainstream Renewable Power Sven Utermöhlen, COO Offshore Wind and Member of the Board, RWE Renewables
     

 

14:00-14:30

GLOBAL MARKET UPDATES: UK & EUROPE 
Offshore wind is a global opportunity. This session will focus on updates from today’s biggest markets and emerging markets across the global. Join this session to learn about market opportunities as well as the regulatory, consenting and financial frameworks for offshore wind in each region. This session is the first of three over the course of GOW V-Fest and will focus on UK and Europe.

    Presenter Bahzad Ayoub, Senior Analyst, RenewableUK  
   

15:00-15:30

THE ROLE OF UK SUPPLY CHAIN IN THE GREEN ECONOMIC RECOVERY
A substantial UK supply chain has developed to support the construction and O&M of our offshore wind farms. The supply chain is geographically dispersed and as a result, clusters of innovation, industry and training are developing in coastal regions across the UK. How will these clusters respond and bring growth to coastal areas and regions therefore playing a role in the green economic recovery?

       Chair
 Julian Brown, Vice President and UK Country Manager, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind  
Panellists    Martin Dronfield, Cluster Champion for East of England, All Energy Industry Council (AEIC) Andrew McDonald, Programme Director, Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) and Senior Innovation Manager at Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
  Joanne Leng MBE, Deputy Chief Executive NOF and Deputy Chair Energi Coast Helen Thomas, Supply Chain Manager (Sofia & Awel y Môr Offshore Wind Farms), RWE
     


 

 

23 July 2020:  Energy Transition

Offshore wind is growing across the globe, but what is the scale of the ambition and how far can it take us towards net zero? These two sessions will showcase RenewableUK’s Energy Vision and the latest outlook for the global offshore wind market. We will discuss how energy systems will change to accommodate increasing volumes of renewable electricity, including the role of demand side response and the potential for green hydrogen.

 

09:30-10:35

 

BUILDING A LOW CARBON ENERGY SYSTEM
We are all enthusiastic for a new system that is zero-carbon and green – but how do we ensure we have the right infrastructure and systems? How can we manage high volumes of offshore wind? What needs to happen for us to reach our net zero targets?

              Chair

Marina Valls, Chief Economist, RenewableUK

 
Panellists
Roisin Quinn, Head of National Control and ESO Chief Engineer, National Grid ESO

Andy Martin, Business Development Lead, ORE Catapult                                 
 Danielle Lane, Director, Portfolio & Transactions Offshore Wind & UK Country Manager, Vattenfall             

 
   
11:00-11:45

MAKING THE CASE FOR WIND 
The industry is clear on the benefits of the energy transition and on what steps are required. But, how good are we at making the case for its role and contribution? How should it work with other industries? What stakeholders need to be influenced? And how?

    Chair Barnaby Wharton, Director, Future Electricity Systems, RenewableUK

 
Panellists Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM  Filippo Gaddo, Director, Business and Investor Advisory and Cost Management Leader, Arup
  Jane Cooper, Head of Stakeholder and Regulatory Affairs, UK, Ørsted  
   
14:00-14:30

GLOBAL MARKET UPDATE: USA

Offshore wind is a global opportunity. This session will focus on updates from today’s biggest markets and emerging markets across the global. Join this session to learn about market opportunities as well as the regulatory, consenting and financial frameworks for offshore wind in each region. This session is the second of three over the course of GOW V-Fest and will focus on the USA.

     Chair Bahzad Ayoub, Senior Analyst, RenewableUK  
Panellist Brandon Burke, Policy & Outreach Director, Business Network for Offshore Wind  
15:00-15:30

FLOATING OFFSHORE WIND

The UK is a leading market for floating offshore wind. With the Scotwind shortly due, and The Crown Estate's Round Four leasing process underway, 2020 is set to be an exciting year for the technology. Join this session to hear about the key opportunities from floating offshore wind and some of the challenges being addressed today to ensure this technology can deliver economic benefits across the UK and globally.

 Chair Adrian de Andres,Head of Offshore Renewables Development, Xodus   
  Panellists Rassim Hariz, Principal Consultant Head of Business Development  Europe/APAC/US, OWC  Rebecca Williams, Head of Policy, RenewableUK
    Jay Sarma, Manager, Investments, Glennmont Partners  
       


 

 

 

 24 July 2020:  INNOVATION

This is a fast growing and creative industry, and these two sessions will explore the key opportunities for innovation in a post-Covid 19 world. Innovation, new technologies and new ways of working will be key in the sector's response to this extraordinary challenge. Join us to hear about the steps being taken to ensure resilience in the supply chain, increase efficiency and how the industry is adapting in the medium to long term to operate within a Covid-19 environment and its aftermath.

 

09:30-10:35

 

DOING BUSINESS IN THE FUTURE NORMAL
We have heard more about the ‘unprecedented’ circumstances and the ‘new normal’ in recent months than ever before. But, how do we lead the way to the future normal? What should the sector do – and what is it doing – to turn problem into opportunity in these Covid-19 days? And how to win the ‘hearts and minds’ of other sectors and consumers?

              Chair

Melanie Onn, Deputy CEO, RenewableUK

 
Panellists Graham Boyle, Director of RQHSE, Global Marine Group

 Paul Cooley, Director of Capital Projects, SSE Renewables
  Stephen Bull, SVP North Sea Region, New Energy Solutions, Equinor   Catherina Haardt, Head of HR Offshore and NE&ME, Siemens Gamesa
   
   
11:00-11:45

NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS 
The expansion of offshore wind is not without its challenges – can innovation address today’s barriers to deployment? Are we seeing innovation come from other sectors? How quickly is the ‘digital revolution’ transforming the sector? What are the most promising innovations on the horizon?

    Chair Virginia Ruiz Albacete, Business Performance Analysis Manager, ScottishPower Renewables

 
Panellists Ryan Calvert, Strategy and Innovation Director, EDS HV
 Andy Reay, Business Unit Manager WTG, DEME
  Aurélie Nasse, Head of Strategic Marketing, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Vincent Schellings, Engineering and Product Development GM, Offshore Wind, GE Renewables
   
14:00-14:30

GLOBAL MARKET UPDATE: ASIA

Offshore wind is a global opportunity. This session will focus on updates from today’s biggest markets and emerging markets across the global. Join this session to learn about market opportunities as well as the regulatory, consenting and financial frameworks for offshore wind in each region. This session is the completes our market updates sessions over the course of GOW V-Fest and will focus on opportunities in Asia.

     Chair Bahzad Ayoub, Senior Analyst, RenewableUK

 
Panellist Joyce Lee, Policy and Operations Director, GWEC

 
     
15:00-15:30

SUBSEA CABLES: RELIABILITY, DATA AND DRIVING IMPROVEMENTS 

With the annual rate of global array and export cables installations expected to nearly double in the next six years, it’s important for industry to understand the root causes of cable failure. Join this session to hear about key trends in cable failures and how industry can work together to better understand performance and drive improvements by sharing information and industry led problem solving.

Chair  Ajai Ahluwalia, Principal Electrical Engineer, Equinor  
Panellists  Ivan Savitsky,  Offshore Wind Associate, The Carbon Trust James Young, Chief Technology Officer, JDR Cables
  Charlotte Strang-Moran, Electrical Engineer, ORE Catapult