Offshore Wind Conference Program

The 9th annual Offshore Wind Conference brings together the entire offshore wind value chain to discuss current and future developments. In addition to key project updates, topics include future-proofing business models for subsidy-free offshore wind, redesigning electricity markets for abundant offshore wind and solutions for storage. Click here to secure your seat and purchase your ticket.

Monday 22 October 2018 (Amtrium 1, Entrance L)

9:30 - 10:00                           Registration Update NL
10:00 - 11:00         Update NL

This free to attend session is a pre-event to the Offshore Wind Conference and gives an update on developments in the Dutch offshore wind industry.



Riding the Winds of Change
Hans Timmers, Chairman, Netherlands Wind Energy Association



Developing offshore wind energy in The Netherlands
Ruud de Bruijne, Project Manager offshore wind energy, Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Innovations in offshore wind
Bob Meijer, Director Offshore Wind Energy R&D, TKI Offshore Wind

11:00 - 11:30

Registration Offshore Wind Conference

11:30 - 13:00Opening session: A new dawn for offshore wind

Moderator day 1: Femke Perlot-Hoogeveen, Conference Manager, Navingo

The keynote speakers in the opening session set the scene for the conference.
We have entered a new phase in offshore wind power with zero-subsidy bids where governments take on and manage a share of the project risk. The focus is on innovations, bigger turbines with higher capacity factors and a solid government policy. Is this development sustainable?



The next stage of offshore wind power: Moving towards a merchant market
Pieter van Oord, CEO, Van Oord

Screening and assessing our future renewable energy system
Ditlev Engel, CEO, DNV GL Energy

Consolidating for offshore energy industry services
Marcel van Bergen, Director, Boskalis Offshore Energy Division

13:00 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 15:30Energy security and offshore wind

This session looks at how the European energy system and reliability, optionality, storage of excess power, etc. Questionsthat will be discussed are: how is the system adapting to accommodate renewable electricity and to maintain energy security? How can power markets absorb large amounts of cheap electricity? What energy storage solutions are conceivable and which are available?


Reliability and optionality – lessons from Germany

Jan Rispens, Managing Director, Renewable Energy Hamburg

Hydrogen - clean backup for intermittent renewables
Steinar Eikaas, Vice President Low Carbon Solutions, Equinor

Energy security and interconnection
Ernst van Zuijlen, Project director, Offshore Service Facilities

15:30 - 16:00Refreshments break
16:00 - 17:00                              Profitability and financeability of offshore wind

The LCOE of offshore wind have dropped dramatically in the last ten years. Earlier this year, the first subsidy freetender was won. What does this mean for financing of new windfarms and for the profitability of existing and yet to be built offshore windfarms? What new business models do experts see emerging?



Financing offshore wind farms in a subsidy free world
Barbara Zuiderwijk, Founder and director, Green Giraffe

Comparing market designs – moving towards a subsidy free offshore wind industry
Niels Muller, Partner, PWC


Tuesday 23 October 2018 (Amtrium 1, Entrance K)

 Moderator: David Ottesen, Director Wind, Norwegian Energy Partners
09:00 - 10:00New Markets for offshore wind

The offshore wind industry is expected to grow to 120 GW total installed capacity by 2030. Much of this growth will
take place in Europe but there will also a considerable increase in capacity in North America and Asia. This session
takes a closer look at growth markets and newcomers and the business opportunities they bring.


Developments in the North American offshore wind industry
Liz Burdock, Executive Director, Business Network for Offshore Wind, USA

Asia: The Next Frontier for the Offshore Wind Industry
Edgare Kerkwijk, Board member, Asia Wind Energy Association, Singapore

Considerations in pursuing opportunities in emerging offshore wind markets
Stefan Lettink, Director Wind, Royal IHC
10:00 - 11:00New technologies and new talents in offshore wind
 The technologies developed for and deployed by the offshore wind industry are continuously improving. In 2017
the world's first floating offshore wind farm started generating power and more will follow. In order to keep
expanding and maturing, the industry requires a new workforce. This session looks at the latest technology
development in offshore wind and offers a platform for the ideas of the next generation of offshore wind


Floating offshore wind structures
Erik-Jan de Ridder, teamleader Renewable energy, MARIN

Substructures for floating wind turbines and substations
Ole Stobbe, Business Development Manager Northern Europe, Ideol
Lionel Jossé, Commercial Manager, Atlantique Offshore Energy part of Chantiers de l'Atlantique

The wind of change from a human capital perspective
Joost Pellis, Strategic Manager Renewables, Atlas Professionals

YP Pitches:

Award nomination?... I am just doing my job.
Rik van der Kant, Project Engineer, Bosch Rexroth - Nominee Offshore Energy Young Engineer Award 2018

Pushing the envelope; floating installation with jack-up vessels
Kevin van de Leur, Lead Engineer, Van Oord - Nominee Offshore Energy Young Engineer Award 2018

11:00 - 11:15Refreshments
11:15 - 12:00Closing session: The broader view
 This sessions zooms out to allow a view on the world surrounding the offshore wind industry. It will discuss social and environmental 
risks in the wind turbine supply chains, the geopolitics of renewables and the position and scope of offshore
wind within the global offshore energy industry.


Corporate social responsibility in wind turbine supply chains
Maria van der Heide, Senior policy advisor corporate accountability and natural resources, ActionAid

The changing dynamics of offshore energy
Tim Gould, Head of Division, World Energy Outlook, International Energy Agency


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