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This Week's Highlights

International Business Development Webinars: Offshore Cleantech

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Connecting Europe’s power grid: The need for new subsea infrastructure

Giant turbines and offshore wind farms may get all the attention, but in order to maximize the clean energy potential of offshore wind and other renewables, significant improvements to power transmission infrastructure are needed. With Europe’s offshore wind capacity forecast to double over the next 10 years even in a conservative scenario, subsea power transmission will be an important part of optimizing the European electricity market. A range of long-distance transmission links through European waters are currently either in the planning stage or in early development, creating an additional source of demand for subsea cabling and critical marine infrastructure expertise.

Join this session to learn more about the subsea cabling projects currently in the pipeline in Europe, and why this topic will continue to be a part of the European offshore wind story in the years to come.


Peter Lantry
Head of Interconnection, Eirgrid Group

Peter has worked in the electricity industry for over 18 years spanning electricity market design and implementation to infrastructure development and operation. He is leading the High Voltage Direct Current Interconnection business for EirGrid Group which includes the role of Managing Director of the €1 billion Celtic Interconnector DAC, a 700 MW HVDC link which is under development between Ireland and France, and the role of General Manager of EirGrid Interconnector DAC, a 500 MW HVDC link between Ireland and Wales which has been operational since 2012. He is a strong advocate of renewable energy integration into transmission systems and supports the global decarbonisation agenda. Peter previously held the role of Head of New Connections in EirGrid. He is a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland, and holds MBA, Master of Business Science, and Civil Engineering degrees from University College Dublin.

Dr. Oluwole Daniel Adeuyi
Simulation Engineer, The National HVDC Centre

Daniel is a chartered engineer with the UK Engineering Council. He has over 10 years’ experience in modelling, control and real-time demonstration of electricity networks, gained from working on major industrial, research and innovation projects in the UK, Europe and China. Daniel currently leads both the Offshore Wind Integration and HVDC Innovation Programmes at The UK National HVDC Centre and has chaired the technology workstream of the GB Offshore Wind Industry Council Future Transmission group.

Friday 18 December 2020
10:00 a.m. AST/10:30 a.m NST



Orkney: Island Cleantech Energy Economy

Once reliant on fossil fuels for electricity, Orkney now generates more than 100% of its required electricity from wind energy systems. With transmission constrained due to the distance to mainland Scotland, rather than waste excess electricity the region has been pursuing three initiatives: (1) using more of the renewable energy locally through electrification; (2) developing AI system that will monitor and manage generation, grid constraint, and energy demand; and (3) the production of hydrogen for export.

There are lessons that Atlantic Canadian firms can learn from the Orkney experience, and potential partnerships to be formed with the businesses and organizations leading the effort.

Join this session to learn more about the Orkney story and discover areas of potential common interest for Atlantic Canada.


The ReFLEX Orkney (Responsive Flexibility) project aims to create a ‘smart energy island’ – developing a ground-breaking ‘virtual energy system’ in Orkney which will monitor generation, grid constraint and energy demand and then use smart control of energy technologies to manage and improve the supply-demand balance.

This will maximise use of locally generated green energy and pave the way towards a carbon neutral future.

Technologies which might be rolled-out as part of the project include domestic batteries for homes, larger batteries for businesses and public buildings, vehicle to grid chargers, electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cells and smart heating systems.

Led by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the ReFLEX Orkney project will bring together a number of locally based partners – OIC, Aquatera, Solo Energy, and Community Energy Scotland – as well as, Heriot Watt University and Doosan Babcock.


Neil Kermode. C.Eng, CIWEM, C.Env, FICE
Managing Director, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd

Neil has been the Managing Director of EMEC – the world’s leading test facility for wave and tidal energy converters – since 2005, and has overseen the deployment of more marine energy technologies in the seas around Orkney than has been deployed at any other site in the world.

Prior to working at EMEC, Neil worked as a project developer of a potential tidal scheme, following six years at the Environment Agency dealing with regulation and development issues.

Neil is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Chartered Environmentalist. He has spoken on marine energy extensively in the UK and internationally, and is passionate advocate for a sustainable energy future.

Dr Gareth Davies, BSc (Hons), PhD
Managing Director, Aquatera Environmental Services and Products

Based in Orkney, Scotland Gareth is MD of Aquatera Ltd and has worked as an environmental consultant for over 20yrs, specialising in marine environmental issues. After working in Azerbaijan and the FSU for 3 years he returned to Orkney in 2000. Since then he has undertaken numerous projects in the sector from strategic planning and assessment, through baseline investigations, risk assessment, site selections and resource assessment studies to operations support for both wave and tidal developers. Latterly he has become involved in the strategic thinking that should enable the marine renewables sector to develop and flourish to its full potential.

Wednesday 9 December 2020
11:00 a.m. AST/11:30 a.m NST


The future is floating: The emergence of floating offshore wind and why it matters

The past 10 years have seen a massive expansion of offshore wind energy in Europe, bringing new opportunities for the traditional offshore energy supply chain. With falling costs and ambitious renewable energy targets driving the continued expansion of offshore wind, the industry is now moving into deeper water and more difficult environments that would have unthinkable to develop just a few years ago. 80 percent of the world’s offshore wind resource is in water depths of greater than 60 metres, where traditional fixed bottom wind turbines cannot be used. The math is simple: for offshore wind to meet the ambitious targets that have been set out for it, floating wind will need to play a significant role.

Floating wind has the support of major developers, governments, and industry consortia, but it’s still early days. Of the 22.5 GW of Offshore Wind currently online in Europe, less than 2 percent (just 350 MW) is floating. Though more floating wind projects are in the pipeline over the coming years, many cost and technical challenges remain for working in environments with the greatest floating wind potential.

Join this session to learn more about the supply chain needs of floating wind, and why this emerging sub-sector is an opportunity for businesses with expertise in the many facets of traditional offshore energy – particularly in the harshest environments.


Mattia Cecchinato
Policy Analyst for Offshore and Sustainability at WindEurope

Mattia Cecchinato is Policy Analyst for Offshore and Sustainability at WindEurope. He is responsible for offshore wind regulation, technology and planning, including on and offshore grid developments, multiple use of offshore wind farms and relations with other sectors (fishing, shipping, military, nature protection etc). Mattia coordinates WindEurope’s WG Offshore, the Offshore Wind Ports Platform and the TF Aviation. Mattia has previous experience in public and private sectors as environmental technician, project assistant, scientific reviewer and environmental analyst.

Marco Wiedijk
the Vice President for Business Development role in Principle Power

With more than 24 years of experience in the Offshore industry and a background in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA Degree, Marco Wiedijk built his experience mostly with tier 1 installation company Heerema Marine Contractors where he was involved with installation of bottom fixed and floating structures using jacket, monopile and Semi-Sub, SPAR and TLP technology.

He joined Principle Power from Seaway 7, the Renewables and Heavy Lifting business unit of Subsea 7, where he was responsible for global business development activities related to the installation of offshore structures.

His Commercial experience includes global business and market development, tender management, and negotiation of commercial proposals. As Commercial Director he managed sales department and as BD Director in O&G, managed team of Business Development Managers of diverse cultures located in local office and foreign offices of the parent Company Subsea7 in a rapidly changing offshore industry business environment.

In his General Management capacity, Marco further developed his commercial, organizational and operational management competencies in complex international environments, namely in Angola and Brazil.

Friday 11 December 2020
10:00 a.m. AST/10:30 a.m NST


Where the puck will be: Emerging markets in offshore wind

99 percent of Europe’s installed offshore wind capacity is in just 5 countries: the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and Denmark. This, however, is set to change. With the steady reduction in project development costs, the ability to reach new offshore environments with advancing technology, and the positive impact of offshore wind on the marine sector in coastal communities throughout Europe, more and more countries are seeking to get into the game.

Over the coming years France, Ireland, Poland, and many smaller European nations are hoping for their own offshore wind success stories. Expertise will be needed up and down the supply chain in order to achieve success, particularly when it comes to projects in more ambitious maritime environments.

While offshore wind in the established European markets may have already matured, in the emerging markets the industry is still at an early stage. Join this session to learn which areas of the supply chain still need to be developed, and where Atlantic Canada’s offshore industry might be able to offer its support.


Paula Major
V.P. U.S. Offshore Wind

Paula Major is leading the Offshore Wind business in the United States for Mainstream and is responsible for strategic and operational planning, business development, and project origination. She is the chair of the board of Directors for Offshore Wind California and is located in Los Angeles. Paula has worked in wind since 2004 and has been involved in the development of over 1.5 GW of operational wind projects globally. Paula holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario, Canada and a MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Monday 14 December 2020
10:00 a.m. AST/10:30 a.m NST


Decarbonizing Oil & Gas: The Role of the Supply Chains in Aberdeen

The challenges the oil and gas industry have faced between the price wars and the global pandemic have been immense. The conversation around the energy transition and the industry’s role in that has accelerated. There are lessons to learn from the United Kingdom where its offshore oil and gas industry has committed to achieving net zero by 2035. Understanding how the UK industry’s supply chain is positioning itself to succeed and innovate through these commitments will help Atlantic Canadian firms appreciate what is going to be required to compete internationally through this energy transition.

Join this session to learn how the European offshore oil and gas sector is approaching decarbonization, potential opportunities for partnership and collaboration, and what lessons can be applied to Atlantic Canada.


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Wednesday 16 December 2020
10:00 a.m. AST/10:30 a.m NST



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