Offshore WIND Conference Programme

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The 8th annual Offshore WIND Conference (OWC) on 9 and 10 October 2017, part of Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference, will focus on the opportunities for the offshore wind sector for the short-, medium- and long-term.

What will upcoming tenders offer the supply chain (short term)? What are the trends and opportunities in the coming decade? While also tackling subtopics such as cost reduction, innovations, subsidy and cooperation with the oil and gas industries.

Register now to secure your seat via www.offshorewindconference.biz. A ticket for Offshore WIND Conference costs €495 (two-day ticket).

What you can expect:
Program day 1
Chairman Bent Thambo Jensen, COO, ZIton

Opening: Can electricity market cannibalisation be cured?
A renewable generation is on the rise. Market demand is met as the wind will always continue to blow. Yet, with market prices falling is the offshore wind industry set to get caught in cannibalising its own investment? A kick-off to show the bigger picture within the industry.

Speakers
Pieter van Oord, CEO, Van Oord
Bent Christensen, Vice President, Siemens Gamesa

The road ahead
How can the industry prepare for the long-term? Which steps will need to be taken to ensure future demand, regulations and energy agreements? This session will also focus on human capital issues.

Speakers
Lars Kristensen, Senior Vice President Wind & Renewable Energy, Bladt Industries
Jasper Vis, Country Manager, DONG Energy Netherlands
Peter Robert, Business Development Manager Offshore Wind, Damen
Michel Kurstjens, CCO, SIF Group

Human Capital
In the road ahead a new breed of offshore wind personnel will be required. Speakers will discuss the opportunities and challenges in human capital

Speakers
David Molenaar, Country Manager, Siemens Gamesa
Paul Boumans, Commercial Director, Falck Netherlands

Trial and triumph in bidding systems
Tenders and bidding are hot topics in the industry. The Netherlands have presented a solid case and many countries stand to follow suit. Where lie the challenges? Can cost reduction be met by taking important technological steps. What works in other countries? Questions to be answered in an interesting panel discussion.

Speakers
Dr. Thor Ugelvig Petersen, Head of Department for Ports and Offshore Technology, DHI Group
Michael van der Heijden, Founder, Amsterdam Capital Partners
Christoph Mertens, Executive Counsel pan-EU Renewable Energy Business Developments, Sumitomo Deutschland

Upcoming talent
A well-functioning industry requires not only experienced personnel, but also new, young blood – full of challenging ideas and innovations. Four short pitches will be held by students.

Pitches by
Max de Feber, Student Offshore & Dredging Engineering, Delft Technical University
Rene Bos, Graduate Delft University of Technology / Starter, Eneco

Program day 2:

Chairman Mike Blanch, Associate Director, BVG Associates

Future forecast: reading the map
What is the road up to 2050 and beyond? Can the industry turn agreements into reality? Leading players from the industry offer their forecasts.

Speakers
Daiva Matoniene, Rapporteur on revised renewable energy directive and the internal electricity market, European Committee of the Regions
Simon Dilks, Head of Nuclear and Renewables Innovation Department, Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), United Kingdom
Leo de Vrees, Senior Advisor, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

Oil, gas and wind: friend or foe
What will change in the cooperation between oil, gas and offshore wind in this new energy paradigm. More importantly, what’s in it for wind?

Speaker
Rene Peters, Director Gas Technology, TNO Energy

Space meets wind
Space technology meets offshore wind: how can these two industries work together to improve future offshore wind farms and applications?

Speakers
Rita Rinaldo, Head of Institutional Projects Section / acting Head of markets and partnerships office, European Space Agency
Davide Coppela, Downstream Business Applications Department, European Space Agency

Closing statement
A wrap-up of the past two days offering reflection and food for thought.

The conference will offer delegates plenty of networking opportunities, so you can share knowledge and discuss business opportunities.

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