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6 December 2012 | IET Birmingham: Austin Court, UK

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Registration and refreshments



Seminar Chair’s welcome and introduction

Phil de Villiers, Head of Offshore Wind, The Carbon Trust



Offshore wind cost reduction – opportunities and challenges

  • Policy context: cost reduction imperative
  • Bringing the overall cost down
  • An action plan for cost reduction

Richard Howard, Chief Economist and co-author or Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Pathways Study, The Crown Estate



Questions and discussion



Offshore wind – the story so far, and towards maturity

  • Policy, funding and ownership hurdles
  • The cost of finance for long term risky projects
  • Round 2 case studies
  • What will it take to get Round 3 off the ground?

Len Taylor, Head of Engineering UK Wind, DONG Energy



Questions and discussion



Turbines 1 - innovations to increase yield and reliability

  • Blyth offshore demonstrator - from concept to now
  • NOAH platform design, deployment and initial operation
  • Challenges, opportunities and learning experiences

Steve McDonald, Head of Innovation, National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec)



Questions and discussion



Refreshments and networking opportunity



Turbines 2 - innovations to increase yield and reliability

  • Effects of design and configurations on reliability
  • Monitoring and maintenance of turbines
  • Through-life costs for offshore turbines

Peter Tavner, Emeritus Professor, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Durham University



Questions and discussion



Foundations for round 3 – deeper and further

  • Selecting an appropriate foundation type
  • Aligning the supply chain
  • Learning from the experience of relevant industries

Andy Thompson, Director, Energy, ATKINS

  • Floating foundations for deeper water
  • Benefits of floating foundations
  • ETI offshore wind floating system demonstrator; aims, timescales and technologies

Andrew Scott, Programme Manager Offshore Wind, Energy Technologies Inst.



Questions and discussion



Lunch and networking



Electrical systems – DC collection and transmission

  • HVDC connections for transmission - current status and challenges
  • How to link up HVDC connections to form a multi-terminal system
  • Possibilities for DC collection arrays and associated equipment

Colin Davidson, R&D Director – HVDC, Alstom Grid



Questions and discussion



Regulation to enable timely and efficient investment in offshore transmission

  • OFTO model: competitive tender regulatory regime
  • Success to date in the transitional tender rounds
  • Developing an enduring regime to address new challenges: integration, anticipatory investment, Europe

Min Zhu, Associate Director Offshore Transmission, Ofgem



Questions and discussion



A European super-grid

  • The rationale, economics and feasibility of a supergrid
  • Is there still a role for AC as well as DC?
  • Wind farm interconnectivity - meeting the technical, commercial and regulatory challenges
  • The challenges with operating a multi-regional grid

Colin Green, Head of Regulatory Affairs & Technology ABB



Questions and discussion



Refreshments and networking opportunity



Cables – increasing efficiency and reliability

  • Designing cable protection and cable burial depths
  • Balancing the benefits of cable standardisation with engineering for site specific conditions
  • Maintenance challenges and solutions

Mark Leggett, CEO, Global Marine Energy Limited



Questions and discussion



Where will the savings be made? Panel discussion

  • Research, development and design
  • Manufacturing – location and standardisation
  • Operating and servicing
  • Supply chain efficiencies

Rob Saunders, Lead Technologist, Offshore Renewables, Technology Strategy Board
Further panellists to be confirmed



Conference Chair's final remarks


16:35Close of event


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