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Global Offshore Wind's Rising Stars
We're pleased to introduce our Global Offshore Wind 2021 Rising Stars in this special edition of ReEnergise!
Listen to Johnathan Love and Ellen Jump as they discuss their journeys into offshore wind as well as key themes for this year's GOW 2021 conference.
Episode 24 - The Role of Robotics in the Future of Offshore Wind and Net Zero
Our clean energy revolution is in full swing, with the UK actively moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources such as offshore wind. If the UK is to meet its net-zero targets by 2050, our offshore wind capacity needs to expand more than seven times over. This future scale-up of operations, pushing into ever deeper waters, will need the help of robotics and autonomous systems for maintenance and repair to become a reality.
In this month's episode, we're joined by:
- Alex Louden, Senior Technology Acceleration Manager, ORE Catapult
- Dr Theo Lim, Human Robot Interaction, Robot Design and Soft Robotics, Bioinspired Approaches, Heriot-Watt University
- Dr Simon Watson, Senior Lecturer in Robotic Systems, University of Manchester
- Brodie Clark, Lead Robotics Software Engineer, BladeBUG
Episode 23: 2021 Predictions - Six Month Check In
ORE Catapult's Tom Quinn and Gavin Smart are back with their analysis of the first six months of developments in offshore wind from 2021.
"2020 was almost a watershed year with huge focus on green recoveries and energy transition. 2021 will be the year for action".
This is the general theme of Tom's predictions for the offshore wind industry that he made at the beginning of this year. Six months on, Tom and Gavin dissect just how accurate our predictions have been so far, and what the run up to COP26 and the remainder of 2021 has in store for offshore renewable energy developments.
Episode 22: A Tidal Wave of Innovation: The UK's Marine Energy Environment
Wave and tidal energy solutions have grown significantly in recent years, with a wide range of projects underway to de-risk, reduce costs and commercialise these technologies, raising their credibility as investments.
As the country begins its road to recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK has the opportunity to reap the economic benefits of this renewable source, including job creation, supply chain growth as well as economic regeneration of coastal communities, and be the go-to country for marine energy exports in technology, intellectual property and services. But we need to act now.
In this month’s episode, Head of Innovation Projects, Vicky Coy, is joined by three wave and tidal energy experts to better understand how marine energy will contribute to achieving our climate goals and become a booming economic opportunity for the UK.
Episode 21 - Regional Round Up of Offshore Wind Opportunities: Grimsby
O&M activities make up almost a quarter of the lifetime costs of an offshore wind farm and provide a huge opportunity for cost reduction through innovation of products and services.
Last year, we opened our Operations and Maintenance Centre of Excellence, a national hub for enhancing the UK’s world leading position in offshore wind operational performance. With our Centre of Excellence located at the Port of Grimsby, we want to discuss the opportunities that exist within the region and the role it will play in the UK’s green recovery.
In this month's episode, our host, Johnny Love, welcomes back the Deputy Chief Executive for RenewableUK, Melanie Onn, as well as a couple of new faces, Corrine Barry from RES Group and Maggie Johnson from the North East Lincolnshire Council, to explore the opportunities available for the offshore wind industry in Grimsby
Episode 20: Clean Maritime and the Offshore Wind Sector
The UK has a strong maritime heritage as well as thriving, innovative maritime and clean-tech industries. Our maritime sector is vital to the success of the UK’s economy, but its carbon emissions are leading a vessel decarbonisation drive, requiring an international solution to reverse the effects of climate change.
Joining us this month are three industry experts to explore the topic of vessel decarbonisation in offshore wind in the hope that the industry can be a springboard to broader maritime decarbonisation and the creation of a thriving clean maritime industry in the UK.