De-risk. Scale Up. Make it global.

Day 1 - Thursday 28 June 2018

Registration & Refreshments


Chair's Welcome & Opening Remarks

Bruno G. Geschier, Chief Of Sales And Marketing Officer, Ideol Offshore and Chairman, WindEurope’s Floating Offshore Wind Taskforce

Floating Investment Risks And Price Competitiveness


On Stage Interview With Sebastian Bringsvaerd, Head Of Hywind Development, Statoil

What Can Floating Achieve That Fixed Can’t?

  • Complementing fixed with floating in order to benefit from each others’ growth
  • Global market opportunities: unlock unprecedented offshore potential
  • How can we make the international market accelerate?
  • Ensuring that what we select today will be still pertinent in years to come
  • Educating stakeholders, policy makers and the whole supply chain
  • Preparing for commercial skill readiness and target prices
  • Benefits of floating during the installation phase
  • Looking ahead: decommissioning advantages

Moderator: Shaun Campbell, Editor, Windpower Monthly


Panel Discussion: Addressing Investment Concerns And Risks

  • How is the cost of finance directly related to the maturity of technology?
  • Why having more demonstrator projects will help mitigate investment risks
  • Manufacturing: benefitting from the economy of scale
  • The need for more hands on experience with large floating structures
  • Bigger turbines: which kind of technology and projects will survive?
  • Who’s willing to take the risk of scaling up?
  • How you could potentially kill a project by focusing on the wrong aspects

Fumiyo Harada, General Director - International Strategy And Coordination, Development Bank Of Japan Inc.

John Robertson, Senior Manager E&I, The Crown Estate Scotland  (Subject to availability) 

Gavin Smart, Head Of Analysis And Insights, CATAPULT Offshore Renewable Energy


Bruno G. Geschier,  Chief Of Sales And Marketing Officer,  Ideol Offshore  and Chairman,  WindEurope’s Floating Offshore Wind Taskforce


Networking Break & Morning Refreshments


Analysis On The Macro-Economics Of Floating Offshore Wind

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John Robertson, Senior Manager E&I, The Crown Estate Scotland  (Subject to availability) 


A Closer Look At Europe: The Opportunity To Develop Local Acceptability And Content

  • How floating acceptability at a local level can help with job creation
  • Looking into EU regulations and competitiveness requirements
  • Benefits of manufacturing floating structures and turbines as close as possible
  • Acceleration of local political support

Networking Lunch

Technical Challenges And Installation Requirements


Technical Challenges For Large Scale Floating Wind Farms: Key Findings From The Floating Wind JIP

  • Evaluating the scaling of floating structures with larger 15 MW turbines
  • Optimising mooring systems to reduce cost and risk
  • Installing and maintaining a 500 MW commercial floating wind farm, including floating-to-floating heavy lift operations
  • Overcoming electrical system challenges, including the development of high voltage dynamic cables
  • Ensuring the integrity of all assets over the project lifetime, whilst minimising O&M costs

Rhodri James, Manager Policy & Innovation, The Carbon Trust


Moorings: Installation And Inspection Requirements Specific To Floating

  • Environmental impact of moorings

  • What are the different mooring options being currently offered?

  • Installation methods and hands-on experience

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Solving The Headache Of Anchoring Issues

  • What kind of different interfaces are available?
  • Interconnecting platforms
  • Overcoming motion related issues
  • Driving down the costs through effective designs

How To Overcome Cabling Design And Dynamic Behaviour Issues

  • Pros and cons of floating arrays Geotechnical requirements and modelling
  • Wet-mate and dry-mate technology for easy connecting and disconnecting
  • Will common installation mistakes in typical offshore wind farms be exasperated in floating?
  • Creating consensus on standardisation
  • How the connection between the cables and floater can create challenging issues on a technical level

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Networking Break & Afternoon Refreshments

Fireball Case Studies


The Groix And Belle-Ile Pre-Commercial Wind Farm Project

Etienne Delcroix, Technical Sales Manager, EOLFI



Charles Smadja, Co-Founder & COO, Nenuphar Wind


Offshore Wind In California, A Case Study Of The Morro Bay Project 

Alla Weinstein, Founder, Trident Winds


Q&A Panel


Chair's Closing Remarks

Bruno G. Geschier,  Chief Of Sales And Marketing Officer,  Ideol Offshore  and Chairman,  WindEurope’s Floating Offshore Wind Taskforce


End Of Day 1


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