Landmark offshore wind conference

Scottish Renewables’ annual Offshore Wind Conference will take place in Glasgow for the first time on Tuesday January 26.

The industry body partner will partner with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the UK’s flagship technology and innovation centre for offshore renewables.

The event will be addressed by Julia King DBE, the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador and a Non-Executive Director of the ORE Catapult and the Green Investment Bank.

Also appearing will be David Reetham, Head of Engineering, Siemens Wind Power GB&I, and Karl Smith, Fund Managing Director at the UK Green Investment Bank.

Delegates will hear from speakers on topics central to the success of the sector, including cost reduction, the financing of projects, O&M solutions, working with the environment and bringing innovative technology to market effectively.

Lindsay Roberts, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said that the annual event has become “a meeting of minds for the sector, both in Scotland and more widely.”

She added: “This year’s event brings together Scottish Renewables’ industry knowledge with the cost-reduction and technology focus of the Catapult, a body which has quickly come to be seen as central to the future success of offshore renewables.

“Glasgow is establishing itself as a recognised centre of excellence for offshore renewable energy, and is the location of choice for ORE Catapult and many of the industry’s major players, which contributed to Scottish Renewables’ decision to move the event from Aberdeen for the first time.

“This event has become a meeting of minds for the sector, both in Scotland and more widely and I’m confident that the programme we have produced will address some of the most important issues facing the offshore wind today.”

Andrew Jamieson, Chief Executive of ORE Catapult, said: “We are pleased to partner with Scottish Renewables for one of the most important conferences in the Scottish offshore wind industry calendar, bringing together key industry figures who have vital roles to play in securing the sector’s future success.

“If we are to see Scotland and the wider UK continue to flourish and play a leading role in the development of the European offshore wind industry – realising billions to the economy and many thousands of jobs – costs must continue to fall, driven by ever-greater understanding and technology innovation.”

Scottish Renewables’ Offshore Wind Conference and Exhibition is being held at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre in Glasgow on January 26.

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