23rd November 2021 (10:00 CET – 12:00 CET, 9:00 – 11:00 GMT)
UK offshore wind market and analysis of end-of-life strategies
Angeliki is a Senior Strategy Analyst in the Analysis & Insights team responsible for delivering ORE Catapult’s market intelligence reports, investigating and analysing current industry trends giving strategic insights of the offshore renewable energy market. She conducts financial modelling on a variety of renewable energy projects to identify cost reduction potential and explores the commercial viability of innovative technologies to support SMEs. The most recent published Analysis & Insights work looked at the end-of-life planning in offshore wind and carbon footprint of offshore windfarm components.
Anne Frances Haaese, Petrofac
Innovative Technology for Turbines Today and Tomorrow
Barry McHardy is the UK Director for Ventus Wind Services UK Ltd based in the Scottish Borders near the foot of the UK’s largest onshore Installed capacity windfarm, Clyde Wind Farm.
Barry joined the Royal Navy in 1993 as an Aeronautical Mechanical Engineer. Having completed an apprenticeship and on a fast-track promotion program. He attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer within six years. Appointed to many roles in his 19-year career, Barry found his interests firmly based in aircraft structural integrity and vibration analysis, measuring rotor track balance and vibration. He was later promoted to the senior position reviewing the Sea King Helicopter Fleet’s vibration limits before leaving the Royal Navy in 2012.
Barry transferred his structural integrity interests into the oil and gas industry for a few years before the first of many downturns. Whilst in a short-lived role as Quality Manager within a fabrication company producing exhausts for many Formula 1 teams, the opportunity arose to move into the exponentially growing wind turbine industry. Working on many projects in different roles and particularly with Ventus Engineering, the offer came to start up a UK entity of Ventus Wind Services.
Fully understanding and excited by what the Ventus Group were doing within R&D and what they were already accomplishing within the Austrian Wind Services company, Barry saw the opportunity to use all his skills and experience to build a strong UK-based company that recognised where the gaps were in the Wind Industry for optimising the efficiency of wind turbines and wind farms but also improving the longevity of turbines all the while committed to advancing towards a net zero environment.
Barry resides in the beautiful lowlands of Scotland populated largely by sheep and wind farms. He completely embraces these giant majestic structures which some might say blight the landscape and horizon.
Barry enjoys engaging with others in the industry, networking and presenting, but readily embraces educating and making owners of all portfolio sizes aware of what Ventus does and can do to maximise the production of existing assets and future wind energy investments by reducing maintenance, risk as well as the cost of energy.
Structural health monitoring
Brian Taylor, Pulse Monitoring
Structural challenges and opportunities for WTG foundation life extension and repowering
Dr Marson has worked in offshore engineering for over 15 years, looking at everything from submarine hull structures to whale impacts. A large part of his experience has been devoted to refining fatigue assessments and justifying the extension of life for offshore structures. Alan worked on numerous oil and gas projects, including the life-predictions of the Brent field substructures post-decommissioning and optimising semi-submersible inspections, but turned his attention to offshore wind specifically in 2018. He now leads the concept design and specialist engineering at Empire Engineering in Bristol, UK.
The UK’s first demonstration offshore wind farm was installed in December 2000 off the Northumberland coast. It consisted of two 2MW Vestas wind turbines with a rotor diameter of 66m, on monopile foundations in about 10m water, less than 2km from shore. So in practice, wind farms for UK energy generation offshore have only been commercially viable for 30 years. The scale of the farms and the size of turbines have dramatically increased in the last 15 to 20 years. In the mid-2020s, first-generation farms should be entering a decommissioning phase as they reach their originally expected end of life. There are different life extension strategies for offshore wind farms. The operational life of these renewable energy marine structures can be safely extended by employing appropriate technical considerations on the life extension and repowering evaluations. With more than 10 GW already in service, the UK has an enviable track record in the installation and maintenance of offshore wind assets. This is supported by similar but even more mature industries such as the Maritime and Offshore Oil and Gas sectors. During this webinar, we would like to touch on lifetime extension strategies as well as ways to optimize operations of offshore wind farms.
The Department for International Trade (DIT) promotes British businesses worldwide. DIT is an international trade department, responsible for:
- Bringing together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment, and help businesses succeed;
- Promoting British trade and investment across the world;
- Building the global appetite for British goods and services.
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.
Scottish Development International is Scotland’s trade and foreign direct investment agency.
Scottish Development International is Scotland’s trade and foreign direct investment agency. Its aim is to encourage more overseas businesses to set up a location here, invest in Scottish businesses or buy Scottish products. We do this by providing information, partnering with businesses and investors who want to set up or invest here, and helping businesses find the connections they need.
We can also help businesses around the world access the huge range of high quality products and services offered in Scotland. Whether you’re looking to import our top-quality products – from whisky and salmon to cutting-edge tech – access our professional services or use our specialised expertise for your project, we can help you find the suppliers you need.