The future is floating: The emergence of floating offshore wind and why it matters - NEIA's International Business Development Webinars

Start: Friday, December 11, 2020 at 10:00

End: Friday, December 11, 2020

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