Andrea Michiorri, Research Fellow, Ecole des Mines de Paris
Andrea Michiorri is a Research Engineer at the Centre for Energy and Process of Mines Paristech within the group ERSEI. In this group he is the responsible for researches on the area of intelligent networks and the integration of distributed and renewables resources. His current research interests are in the application of proactive predictive techniques to the management of the power system and on power system components dynamic thermal rating.
Andrea obtained a MEng in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and a PhD from the School of Engineering of Durham University (UK). Before joining Mines-Paristech he worked for Smarter Grid Solutions.
Prof. Dr Christof Devriendt, RD&I Coordinator, OWI-Lab
Devriendt Christof was born in Ostend Belgium 1981. He received the degree in mechanical-electrotechnical engineering in 2004 and a PhD in Engineering Sciences in 2010 from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His main expertise are situated in the field of system identification, signal processing and structural health monitoring. Since 2011 he is the RD&I coordinator of “ The Offshore Wind Infrastructure Lab” or OWI-lab (www.owi-lab.eu) . The Offshore Wind Infrastructure Lab develops mid- and long-term monitoring solutions for offshore wind turbines. The motivation is gaining the insights that are crucial to minimize construction and installations costs of future offshore wind farms and to extend the life time of existing structures and reduce their operation and maintenance costs.
Prof. Dr Jan Helsen, Coordinator Big Data Analytics, OWI-Lab
Jan Helsen joined the department of Mechnical Engineering at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in 2014. Within OWI-lab he is coordinating drivetrain monitoring and big data related projects.
His main research focus is on the use of big data based analytics for wind turbine drivetrain O&M and design optimization. The availability of embedded sensors brings the opportunity for new insights in the complete lifecycle of rotating machinery ranging from design to O&M optimization. Big data based analytics is combined with physical knowledge to gain in depth insights.
Before joining VUB Jan managed several research projects with the wind industry,a mongst others his post-doctoral project at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) funded by ZF Wind Power, Siemens PLM and IWT on the use of advanced simulation models in a monitoring context. Jan obtained a doctoral degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering sciences at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. This doctoral research funded by ZF Wind Power and IWT was done in close cooperation with National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).
Kurt Rohrig, Deputy Director, Fraunhofer IWES
Dr. Kurt Rohrig is deputy director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy Systems Technology (IWES) and head of the R&D division “Energy Economy and Grid Operation” at IWES. He is a mechanical engineer with a diploma in numerical mechanics. In November of 2003, he completed his PhD “Computer Models and Information Systems for Technical Assistance of Large Wind Power Integration” at the faculty of electrical engineering at the University of Kassel. Dr. Rohrig worked with IWES since 1991 and he has more than 25 years experience in renewable energy projects. He is the scientist-in-charge for projects handling the online monitoring and prediction of wind and solar power for large supply areas – operated in co-operation with large power transmission utilities. Dr. Rohrig was significantly involved in the “Renewable Combi-Plant” and was the scientific manager of the E-Energy project “Renewable Model Region Harz”. In 2009, Dr. Rohrig received the German Award for Climate Protection for his work in the “Renewable Combi Plant”. On European level, he is leading the sub-program Grid Integration of the Joint Program Wind Energy in frame of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) and is representative for the Fraunhofer Association for all EERA activities. At the University of Kassel, Dr. Rohrig regularly lectures to the integration of wind energy and is co-founder of the online master program Wind Energy Systems.
Masoud Asgarpour, Team Lead Analysis, Vattenfall Wind
Masoud Asgarpour is the team lead data analysis at Vattenfall, responsible for analysis of operating onshore and offshore Vattenfall wind assets across UK, DK, DE, NL and SE. Masoud holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.Sc. in Wind Engineering followed by a doctoral research fellowship at Civil Engineering Department of Aalborg University of Denmark, focusing on reliability based O&M planning of offshore wind farms. In addition to asset performance analysis and O&M planning, during the last five years Masoud has worked on structural analysis of wind turbines, wind resource assessment using LiDARs, AEP estimation and installation planning of offshore wind farms.
Dr Peter Matthews, Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Durham University
Dr Peter Matthews’ research lies in developing computational tools to support the design, manufacture and operation of complex products. The models used as part of the tool are constructed through a combination of prior domain knowledge and data mining of relevant product and operations databases, eg wind turbine SCADA logs. Specifically, Dr Matthews’ research addresses how prior knowledge can be exploited by data mining algorithms to identify interesting and useful new insights from the product databases; and how can this then in turn be used to better design, manufacture and operate products.
Dr Matthews specialises in the areas of data mining, applied Bayesian modelling, and Monte Carlo methods. In particular, his focus lies in the application of these methods and tools to help analyse and support the early (conceptual) design process, as well as optimising asset management strategies.
Dr Matthews has collaborated with Rolls-Royce (Aerospace), BAE Systems (product design data mining), 5G Technologies Limited (manufacture and operations data), Northern Power Grid (electrical operations data), Maia Eolis (wind farm optimisation), and DONG Energy (wind turbine fleet knowledge elicitation and data mining).
Jonas Linke, Portfolio Manager, Next Kraftwerke GmbH
Jonas Linke studied economics in Bonn from 2009 to 2014. After his master’s program with a focus on applied microeconometrics, he joined NEXT Kraftwerke in 2014. He currently works in the trading department as portfolio manager for biogas and PV plants.
Prof. Dr Raimund Rolfes, Institute for Structural Analysis, University of Hanover
Professor Raimund Rolfes graduated in civil engineering at Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH). He received his Ph.D. in Computational Mechanics in 1988 from the same University and his habilitation (2nd Ph.D) from Technical University of Dresden in 1998.
He has worked for 16 years for the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in the field of fiber composite structures, where he ran a department for computational analysis and experimental validation with 40 co-workers. Since 2005 he is head of the Institute for Structural Analysis at LUH. Since 2010 he is also head of the Hannover branch of the Fraunhofer institute for wind energy and energy system technology (FhG-IWES), since 2009 he is member of the board of ForWind, the center for wind energy research of three German universities. He is also member of the steering committee of the research alliance wind energy consisting of ForWind, Fraunhofer and DLR. His working areas are computational dynamics, structural health monitoring, modelling and simulation of fiber composite structures.
Professor Rolfes won the best paper award of the International Journal on Structural Stability and Dynamics in 2010, received the Eric Reissner Medal in 2012 and won the North German Science award in 2014.
Professor Rob Dwyer-Joyce, Director of the Leonardo Centre for Tribology, Sheffield University
Professor Rob Dwyer-Joyce is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He has a first degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Tribology. Rob manages the Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Tribology and the Leonardo Centre for Tribology that specialises in industrial wear and lubrication problems and the development of sensors for tribology. His research focuses on ultrasonic sensors for tribology and the monitoring of machine elements and he has worked with several industrial companies to implement these methods. He has written over 100 journal papers of which 6 have been awarded international prizes. Rob is editor-in-chief of the IMechE Journal of Tribology, and a board member of Lubrication Science, Friction, and Biotribology.
Santiago Rubin Fernandez, Forecasting Verification Manager, EDPR
Santiago has been with EDPR since 2006 in various roles including Business Development Technical Support, Head of Engineering and Construction in EDPR Poland and Wind Farm Construction Project Manager. Prior to that he was Distribution Network Planning Manager Assistant at HC Energia, former spanish utility bought by EDP.
He is also a graduate of the Oviedo University in Spain (Electrical Engineer).
Prof. Simon Watson, Professor Of Wind Energy, Loughborough University
Prof Watson began his education in North Lincolnshire and studied for a degree in physics at Imperial College, London. Following graduation, he studied for a PhD in photonuclear physics at Edinburgh University supported by a CASE award with the UK Atomic Energy Authority at Harwell, Oxfordshire.
Prof Watson then spent eight years working as a Senior Scientific Officer in the Energy Research Unit of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. His research activities during that time including wind power forecasting, wind resource assessment and the integration of wind power into electricity networks. Much of this work was funded by the European Union and involved collaboration with some of the leading European research institutes in wind energy including the Risoe National Laboratory in Denmark and the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands.
He then worked for the green electricity supply company Good Energy. Good Energy are one of the leading independent suppliers of electricity generated from renewable energy sources including wind power and small hydro power. During this time, he helped to develop the settlements and trading systems before joining Loughborough University in 2001.
At Loughborough, Prof Watson has worked on a number of EU and EPSRC projects collaborating with a number of leading research centres in the UK and Europe as well as key players in the wind power industry.
Susanne Nies, Corporate Affairs Manager, ENTSO-E
Is heading, since March 1st 2015 the Corporate Affairs Section of the European Association of Transmission Network Operators, ENTSO-E. Until then she was Head of Unit Distribution System Operators with EURELECTRIC, the European electricity sector association based in Brussels, since June 2014. Before and from 2010 she was heading the Energy Policy and Power Generation Department for the same association.
German national by origin she holds a PhD from Bonn University and a Habilitation from Berlin Free University, as well as Sciences Po Paris, in Political Sciences, in International Relations, as well as an economics degree from London School of Economics. Previously she was heading the French Institute for International Relations Brussels branch and was affiliated as a senior researcher to the energy programme of the Institute; was working with CERI and IRIS, Free University Berlin, CIFE Nice an Heinrich Boell Foundation. She has a long track of academic publication on energy, international relations and Eastern Europe, affiliation to research and lecturing, as well as consulting. She speaks fluently German, English, French and Russian.
Tim Naylor, Director - Europe, Envision Energy
Mr. Naylor is a veteran of advanced Information Management and Analytics sectors and heads Envision Energy’s software business in EMEA. He has an Honours degree in Information Science from Otago University, an MBA from London Business School and 20 years leadership experience with Oracle EMEA. He now enjoys helping European renewable energy companies create advantage from Smart Wind Farm Management Systems, where advances in cloud computing, big data and machine learning are enabling significantly more effective asset and operations management.
Peter Clive, Senior Scientist, SgurrEnergy Ltd
Peter has been associated with the wind power industry since taking his PhD in physics in 2002. He has had a central role in the development of the Galion Lidar, the 2nd generation wind lidar system. This system enables wind fields to be surveyed with previously unobtainable detail and precision, revealing flow characteristics and structures that have a significant impact on the productivity and longevity of wind power assets. Peter also pioneered the introduction of response deficit analysis into wind turbine performance assessment, allowing the expertise and experience of wind analysts to be leveraged in the most focused and cost effective manner. His interests also include innovative resource assessment techniques that extract all the available information from the long and short term datasets from target and reference sites, minimizing project uncertainty and boosting project value. Peter has published widely on the subject of lidar and has addressed many conferences around the world.
Christie Pommier, Software Engineering and Data Science, Uniper / E.ON
Christie is the Modelling and Data Science Team Leader at UNIPER. She has been working on Wind Power Forecasting as a consultant for E.ON and UNIPER for more than 3 years, and has previously worked in the same area for IBERDROLA Ingenieria for five years. With a background on Mathematical and Mechanical Modelling, she has been using her knowledge on Wind Power Forecast to reduce imbalance costs for E.ON and UNIPER.
Marc Hilbert, Project Manager & Data Scientist, Volkswagen AG
Marc Hilbert received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in mechatronic engineering in the Dresden Technical University, Germany, in 2009. During that time he collaborated in projects of human condition monitoring using EEG signals and electron accelerators.
From 2009 to 2011, he was with the System Department Operation and Control, Nordex Energy GmbH, as a development engineer. While there, he was involved in the design of condition monitoring systems and automation of large scale wind turbines.
From 2011 to 2016 he worked at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany at the Institute for Mining and Metallurgy Machinery (IMR). His research was related to monitoring and diagnostics of heavy machinery. He is was also leader of the data analysis team and deputy group leader for diagnostics and maintenance.
Since 2016 he is project manager and data scientist for analytics use cases within the Volkswagen Group for all brands and business areas.
Hartmut Bauer, Energy Contracts, 50Hertz-Transmission GmbH
After completing a technical apprenticeship, Hartmut Bauer worked in different technical departments at the Bewag / Vattenfall between 1978 - 2005. He is working for 50Hertz-Transmission GmbH since 2005, in the grid economics department, responsible for prequalification of suppliers of flexibility to fulfill the ancillary service. Other main professional activities include the management of research projects, which are realized in relation to the ancillary service.
Prof Tomasz Barszcz, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics, AGH University of Science and Technology
Prof Tomasz Barszcz received the M.Sc. degree in Electric Engineering/ Automatic Control from the Technical University of Gdansk in 1993, Ph.D. in Mechatronics in 1997 and D.Sc. in Automation and Robotics in 2009 from the AGH University of Science and Technology. In 1994-2000 he worked in ABB and ALSTOM Power, up to the level of Research and Development Department manager. In 2000 he started his employment at the AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland.
His research activities in Machinery Monitoring, Vibration Signal Processing, Distributed Systems include: damage detection methods, advanced signal processing, analysis and simulation of vibration processes in machinery and structures, distributed computer systems for monitoring and diagnostics, diagnostic centers. He is the author of 4 books and over 200 papers.
Prof Barszcz is the vice-president of PTDT (Polish Society of Technical Diagnostics).