Bringing together some of the key players from academia and industry, this event was an open discussion that addressed how Ireland and the UK prepare in anticipation of this booming industry.
Ireland and the UK share very similar wind resource levels. Each hosts a highly-developed technical workforce with strong skillsets relevant to large structural fabrications and to floating wind generally. A special relationship has existed between the two countries for a very long time and will continue notwithstanding BREXIT.
The primary motivation for this Ireland-UK event was to explore what benefits might attach to collaborations at the fundamental (low-TRL) levels of development. Possibly those benefits could justify some subsequent collaborative initiatives so that both countries prosper maximally from floating wind. That added prosperity should run beyond simply accessing the indigenous natural wind resource. It should include high added-value contributions to being delivered locally and some potential for export.
Please find below a selection of videos and presentations from the event. Links from the speaker names will open a PDF of their presentation. Recordings of sessions will link to a video recording.
Part one: view the session recording
- Welcome and what is driving this event - A joint statement from the organising team: Prof. Seamus Garvey, Deborah Greaves, Feargal Brennan, Sean Leen and Jimmy Murphy.
- Floating wind technology: Walt Musial, Principal Engineer at NREL on Floating Wind
- Relevant academic strengths across the UK & Ireland - Prof. David White (University of Southampton) and Prof. Jimmy Murphy (University of Cork).
- The offshore wind knowledge base in Ireland & UK - Kate Freeman of BVG Associates, and Brian O’Keefe from Wood Group
Part two: view the session recording
- Opportunities for support of new offshore energy technologies: Academia - EPSRC, represented by Deborah Greaves & John McCann from SEAI
- Opportunities for support of new offshore energy technologies: Industry - Paul O'Brien (Scotland’s Deepwind Cluster) & Liam Curran (Enterprise Ireland).
Emerging technology elements: 2 minute short videos
- Tetra Float
- Trivane (PDF presentation)
- Ocean Resource
- Ocean Flow
- Marine Power Systems
- Floating Energy Systems
- Other Lab
- Fab Test
- Sea Wind Technologies
- Technology From Ideas
Session 3: view the panel session recording
The final panel session included the following speakers:
- Una Brosnan from MainstreamRP (Panel Chair)
- Matt Hodson from WaveHub Cornwall
- Rebecca Williams from RenewableUK
- Simon Cheeseman from Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
- Tim Stiven from The Crown Estate.