Welcome to the DNV GL Talks Energy podcast series. Electrification, rise of renewables and new technologies - supported by more data and IT systems, are transforming the power system. Join us each week as we discuss these changes with guests from around the industry.
The unstoppable rise of floating offshore wind – A documentary (Episode Two)
Floating offshore wind is an emerging technology with an exciting future – providing access to abundant wind power over deeper waters than bottom-fixed turbines. But how can countries harness the potential of this technology to reduce their carbon emissions and meet ambitious climate goals? In the second episode of our special edition documentary podcast, we explore two important aspects that will enable countries to move from initial pilot projects to wide scale deployment – technology innovation and policy support. In particular, we’ll hear from Jesper Moller, Head of Offshore Concepts & Solutions at Siemens Gamesa, and DNV GL’s Lucy Craig, Vice President of Technology & Innovation, about the key developments in floater technology and the wider infrastructure needed for them to thrive. Meanwhile, Sebastian Bringsværd, Head of Floating Wind at Equinor, and Stephane Cicolella, Business Integration Manager & Commercial Director at Eolfi (a Shell company), also give their views on the need for policymakers to create the conditions required to prove the viability of this potentially revolutionary technology. To find out more or read the transcription, please visit www.dnvgl.com/talksenergy
The unstoppable rise of floating offshore wind – A documentary (Episode One)
Floating offshore wind is an emerging technology with an exciting future – providing access to abundant wind power over deeper waters than bottom-fixed turbines. But how can countries harness the potential of this technology to reduce their carbon emissions and meet ambitious climate goals? In episode one of this special edition documentary podcast, we examine the vast potential that floating wind technology has as part of the global energy transition and explore the cross-industry collaboration that is enabling rapid progress to be made. We also address the challenges of implementation and some of the barriers that must be overcome if the potential of this technology is to be maximized. Join us as we talk to industry leaders at the very forefront of design, manufacturing, and implementation, including representatives from Equinor, Siemens Gamesa and Eolfi (a Shell company). From discussing the early headway that is being made in Europe, we also go on to speak to representatives from the Japanese Wind Power Association (JWPA) and South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Company (DMSE) to learn about major plans for the technology’s important role in South East Asia. To gain a holistic view of development and global implementation, DNV GL’s Group President and CEO Remi Eriksen, and Vice President of Technology & Innovation Lucy Craig, give us their input on how this exciting and emerging sector is giving access to new markets around the world and positioning itself as a major contender in the future energy mix. In episode two of this documentary, published on Thursday 25 February, we take a closer look at the specific roles of technology and policy in driving development forwards. Tune in next week. To find out more or read the transcription, please visit www.dnvgl.com/talksenergy
Five ways we can transition faster, together
To conclude the tenth series of our DNV GL Talks Energy podcast, we look at the action that needs to be taken to accelerate the energy transition. Having spoken to many of DNV GL’s customers throughout this thought-provoking series, here we speak with two of our colleagues. CEO of DNV GL - Energy Ditlev Engel, and Vice President Technology & Innovation, Lucy Craig, provide their insights based on the ‘five calls to action’ in DNV GL’s 2020 Conclusions report, part of the Transition Faster Together series. We hear how DNV GL is very optimistic about technological development, but less so over the role of regulation – with the onus on industry to drive change. We also discuss carbon reduction targets, and Ditlev shares his view that the long-term ambitions of individual countries will only be met through highly specific year-on-year commitments. To find out more or read the transcription, please visit www.dnvgl.com/talksenergy
Solar: Powering the transition
Solar power has huge potential to be a driving factor in the energy transition over the next five years. In fact, Harald Överholm, CEO and co-founder of Alight believes solar could account for up to 50% of global energy production within our lifetime. In this episode Harald discusses some of the critical success factors of solar energy, including its low price, sustainability and scalability – all of which result in solar being one of the most accessible energy sources available for both the corporate and consumer markets. We also discuss some of the incremental advances in solar technology that are helping to reduce costs and boost demand from larger corporates, and the impact this has on the industry as a whole.
Finally, Harald describes the vital role of entrepreneurs within the renewable energy industry to bring new passion, vision and experience, all of which will help increase momentum for the energy transition. To find out more or read the transcription, please visit www.dnvgl.com/talksenergy
Partnerships for the next generation of renewables
How can collaborative partnerships help sustain the rapid acceleration of the renewable energy industry? Scott Harden, Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft – Energy, describes the energy transition as one of the greatest endeavours since we put people on the moon and talks about the importance of global collaboration in helping to achieve this. Scott outlines some of the innovative ways that Microsoft are seeking to reduce their own energy consumption to work towards their goal of becoming carbon negative, and some of the exciting partnerships they have formed with other businesses committed to playing their part in the renewable energy transition. Finally, he touches on the importance of developing a culture for change in businesses that starts at the top – but doesn’t end there. He believes courage will be required by all businesses to help meet our collective goals. To find out more or read the transcription, please visit www.dnvgl.com/talksenergy
The power of collaboration in investment
With the price of technologies such as wind and solar PV continuing to fall, investments in renewable energy are delivering higher returns than those in fossil fuels in many parts of the world. But will the financial incentive alone be enough to keep us on track with the Paris Agreement? Christina Sørensen, Senior Partner at Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, discusses why we need to completely rethink the network that renewables feed into, if clean energy technologies are to have an equal share of the energy mix within a generation. With faster policy development being critical to facilitating change, Christina also shares her views on why greater trust and collaboration between stakeholders is required – whether it’s policymakers, energy companies or developers – and why they should be thinking holistically about demand, as well as supply. To find out more or read the transcription, please visit www.dnvgl.com/talksenergy