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Offshore Wind Energy- The Challenges, The Solutions, The Future


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Offshore wind energy has been at a commercial scale for some time now and the number of new windfarm developments is progressing at a startling rate.

Date and Time

16 April 2013 - 18:00-20:00


Aberdeen, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Scotland North local network.

About this event

Offshore wind energy has been at a commercial scale for some time now and the number of new windfarm developments is progressing at a startling rate.  This has not been without a vast array of technical, financial and consenting issues in most if not all of the wind developments to date.  This has been very apparent locally with some strong opposition to the Aberdeen Bay Project.  

Creating and transmitting power in such a harsh environment brings about significant challenges, some of which in most part have been conquered, and many more that need to addressed to see the industry into maturity.  In particular the subsea electrical infrastructure, cabling and offshore transmission grid need significant focus to provide a Capex and Opex cost effective solution which is reliable, and this will be discussed in some detail.

Offshore wind is a fast moving and dynamic industry and we are constantly trialling novel technologies, new ideas and installation techniques.  Many solutions are yet to come and it’s hard to envisage what the real future offshore windfarm may truly look like in an industry that has been likened to the early days of oil.  It is certain that many changes will be needed from the top down and the bottom up, from the Government, windfarm developers and ultimately the end users of the electricity.  

This talk presented by James Taylor will aim to explore the many challenges, some of the solutions and take a brief look at what the future might be like for the design, installation and operation of the windfarm and in particular the subsea electrical infrastructure.


James Taylor


18:00 for 18:30 

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Prior registration is required.


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