VirtualWind III

About this Event

ORE Catapult is teaming up with Fraunhofer IWES, to host the VirtualWind III online conference focusing on the current challenges for offshore wind energy in the North Sea. With sessions on electrical infrastructure and floating offshore wind, join us on the 18th of November to hear from a wide range of experts.

At the end of each presentation you will have the opportunity to ask questions to the speaker using the chat function. Please note that this session will be recorded. Technical responsibility: ORE Catapult.

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Event timings are in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) / Central European Time (MEZ)

8.15 a.m. (GMT) / 9.15 a.m. (MEZ)  
Welcome: Prof. Andreas Reuter, Managing Director, Fraunhofer IWES and Andrew Jamieson, Chief Executive, ORE Catapult 
Keynote: EU’s offshore strategy
Giles Dickson, Chief Executive Officer, WindEurope
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Block I: Electrical infrastructure

Chaired by Christian Broer, Head of Department Validation and Reliability, Fraunhofer IWES

09:00 a.m. (GMT) / 10:00a.m. (MEZ) 
A review of regulatory arrangements for offshore networks
Dr. Callum MacIver, Programme Manager - Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub, University of Strathclyde
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09:30 a.m. (GMT) / 10:30 a.m. (MEZ) 
Trends in grid integration of offshore & onshore wind
Dr. Aris Gkountaras, Key Expert Renewable Power Plants & Grid Markets, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
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10:00 a.m. (GMT) / 11:00 a.m. (MEZ) 
Necessities of electrical tests on test benches from the perspective of the industry
Christian Fenselau, Chief Specialist Test and Validation, Vestas Nacelles Deutschland GmbH

10:30 a.m. (GMT) / 11:30 a.m. (MEZ) 
Current determination of electrical properties of wind turbines on test stands and outlook on future grid requirements
Torben Jersch, Head of Department System Technology, Fraunhofer IWES

11:30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. (GMT) / 12:30 p.m. – 01:00 p.m. (MEZ) 

Block II: Floating Offshore Wind (FOW)

Chaired by Paul McKeever, Head of Strategic Research, ORE Catapult

12:00 p.m. (GMT) / 1:00 p.m. (MEZ) 
Floating Offshore Wind – an Intro to the Centre of Excellence
Luke Eatough Project Development Coordinator, ORE Catapult, ORE Catapult

12:45 p.m. (GMT) / 1:45 p.m. (MEZ) 
The SETWIND lighthouse initiative
John Olav Tande, Chief Scientist, SINTEF Energy Research
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1:30 p.m. (GMT) / 2:30 p.m. (MEZ)  
Experience in the design optimization and analysis of global system dynamics of FOWs Mareike Leimeister, Research Associate Division System Technology, Fraunhofer IWES
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2:15 p.m. (GMT) / 3.15 p.m. (MEZ)