Recent innovations in offshore wind
Graduate in Renewable Energy & Environmental Modelling at the University of Dundee. Graduate in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Started my career in renewables at ORE Catapult in August 2021. Interests within the clean energy sector include balancing out the intermittency of renewable generation through the development of smart grid strategies and reducing energy costs via continuous innovation and improved component choice.
Projects and relevant experience
The impact of Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) on the future UK grid
MSc thesis on the impact that LAES and other flexibility technologies will have on the UK grid. Research investigated flaws in the current electricity market structure that prevents accelerated uptake of energy storage to take hold. This thesis also assessed the effects that electrification of transport and heating in buildings will have on patterns of electrical demand and how to ensure a grid predominantly powered by renewables can accommodate these changes.
Further decarbonisation of the Isle of Eigg
MSc group project that assessed the Isle of Eigg’s current energy system and the steps that should be taken to push Eigg closer to net-zero. My main responsibilities were focused on providing recommendations to reduce and decarbonise domestic energy consumption. These recommendations included:
• Installing air source heat pumps and solar thermal to replace imported gas canisters which cover domestic heating and hot water demand.
• Improving insulation standards of the island’s existing building stock.
Enhancing transmission line performance using Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS)
BEng thesis which involved the construction of a transmission system model on Simulink to monitor the improvements that FACTS can provide through inductive and capacitive compensation. Testing of the model demonstrated how the use of FACTS allows existing grid infrastructure to operate under a wider range of conditions while accommodating larger, more complex power flows which can prevent or offset the need for expensive grid upgrades.
Evolving Installation Technics and Equipment to Suit the Changing Needs
Neil is a former marine engineer and highly experienced mechanical engineer with a broad range of mechanical & system design, practical and commissioning experience.
Neil oversees multiple projects at Osbit and provides technical, commercial and project management guidance to the project and technical leads in his role as Director. He is also manages all engineering resourcing requirements, and is heavily involved in the company’s sales activities.
As Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IMechE, Neil has successfully led a broad variety of offshore projects at Osbit, and the combination of his engineering & commercial ability coupled with his practical vessel experience bring an unusual breadth and depth of knowledge to the Osbit projects.
Floating vs fixed bottom solutions and the influence of ground conditions
Richard Pike is a Senior Offshore Consultant and part of the senior leadership team of GDG. Richard is responsible for business development, client engagement and project direction across the marine and offshore sectors in GDG. Richard is instrumental in driving business growth and supporting GDG’s clients in the offshore arena.
Richard is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 26 years of experience managing and delivering large and complex geotechnical marine projects for major offshore wind developers, oil and gas operators, utilities companies, port operators, government bodies and contractors in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, South America, Caribbean, Caspian, and Black Sea.
Before joining GDG, Richard held senior engineering and management positions with engineering consulting companies.
GDG, part of Venterra Group, is a leading global offshore and geotechnical engineering consultancy, providing innovative engineering solutions for public and private civil engineering projects. With a strong background in geomechanics and applied geotechnical research, GDG brings together state of the art R&D with extensive industry experience for innovative engineering services and solutions in offshore and onshore renewable energy, infrastructure, residential and commercial construction. Multiple awards-winner, GDG helps engineering firms, building contractors and consultants around the globe to create amazing infrastructure, manage successful projects, and develop sustainable renewable energy solutions through engineering innovation.
ERM Dolphyn – Large Scale Hydrogen Production from Floating Offshore Wind
Widya has been acting as the Lead Engineer for ERM Dolphyn development project over the last 3 years. Working as a senior consultant with ERM, she has been actively supporting clients in low carbon energy transition projects over the last couple of years, in particular within the hydrogen sector. Her background is in the oil and gas industry and process safety engineering with more than 15 years of experience.
Mooring and Power Cable Challenges for Floating Offshore Wind
Alex is a Director of 2H Offshore's London office and responsible for 2H's floating wind activities in the UK and Europe. He has nearly 18 years of experience in subsea equipment design from feasibility studies through to detailed engineering design and installation. As well as taking leading project and management roles, Alex has technical expertise in a range of subsea systems, and has been involved in many of the most challenging offshore oil and gas developments which have pushed the boundaries of subsea technology. For nearly 4 years he has changed focus to renewable technology, and is now applying this expertise to support the energy transition, with a current focus on growing 2Hs floating wind business and capabilities.
The UK has a very enviable record in the installation and operation of offshore wind farms. The UK has been driving this market for many years now. And it is fair to say in the early stages the cost of offshore wind was incredibly high. The growth in offshore wind has been enabled by the extraordinary cost reduction that the industry has delivered in recent years, largely driven by advances in technology.
To deliver a low-carbon future and meet the UK’s net-zero target by 2050 will require at least 75GW of installed offshore wind capacity – that’s 10 times what we have installed today. The UK is going to need innovative solutions and approaches to challenges, such as the integration of renewable energy into the grid. During this webinar, we will be discussing different aspects of innovation in offshore wind, not only in technology but also innovative solutions in installation techniques and environmental surveys.
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DIT is looking to attract inward investors into the UK while at the same time making sure that companies in the UK can export their goods to the wider world.
The UK has a very enviable record in the installation of offshore wind. The UK has been driving this market for a number of years now and is the single largest country with the installed base for offshore wind with over 10 GW of installed capacity in UK waters.
UK strengths in clean industries:
- The UK is the world leader in low carbon and the statement on net zero by 2050 was announced recently. This will act as an accelerant for the transition to low carbon economy.
- We have made sizeable steps in the decarbonising our electricity – we are world leaders in offshore wind with above 10GW of installed capacity and committed to 40GW by 2030.
- We have driven the cost reduction in offshore wind as well as in solar – enabling cost competitive renewables across the world.
- Because of the experience gained from installing large number of wind farms (over 30) we have expertise in operation, maintenance and marine services. The UK has engineering and project management expertise that is essential in the successful delivery of offshore wind farms.
- The UK has developed a strong and stable regulatory framework to drive investments in the clean growth sectors.
- The huge scale of the UK industry has led to a growing and innovating offshore wind supply chain capability across the wind farm life-cycle, from surveys and feasibility, to manufacture and supply, installation, operation and maintenance, and related financial and professional services.
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