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The Tech Sessions were a series of  lively webinar debates which got right to the heart of the technical challenges  facing the Offshore Wind industry


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Season 2, Episode 3:

What are the emerging markets in Offshore wind? What part could they play over the next decade for the industry and for the planet?

Offshore wind is entering a new phase of global growth.

According to a recent Global Wind Energy Council report, 235GW of new capacity is expected to be added over the next decade. 

In this session, we will discuss what role emerging markets can and should play in the next 10 years of Offshore Wind. 



Aaron Du (Empire Engineering), Mark Leybourne (World Bank), Una Brosonan (Mainstream Renewable Power) , William Cleverly (AqualisBraemar LOC).

September speakers for How to get into Offshore wind

Season 2, Episode 2:

What are the fabrication challenges facing Offshore wind in the next decade?

The industry is going big. XXL big. The size of the challenge in fabricating new designs, is also increasing. There are a number of  factors in play from tolerances, to output rate and factory restrictions.

In this session we will be looking at the fabricators’ world in Offshore wind.  Featuring Nick Howard from Empire Engineering, along with special guests from both sides of the table.


Nick Howard (Empire Engineering), Michael Kurtjens (Sif), Phil Combes (Ramboll), Sergio Altolaguirre (Haizea Wind).

September speakers for How to get into Offshore wind

Season 2, Episode 1:

How to get into Offshore Wind

As the industry races to expand, is recruiting causing bottlenecks in projects? Is this impacting the climate crisis? What are the solutions?

In this first session, to kick off our second season, Empire Engineering’s Managing Director will be joined by a panel from around the industry discussing how the demand for skills could be what is holding the industry back both now and in the foreseeable future. 


Karl Davis (Empire Engineering), Dafydd Roberts (RWE), George Jamieson (Clarehill Associates), Irina Cortizo (Scottish Power), and Claire Lohan (COP).

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Season 1, Episode 6:

The future of Offshore Wind

The season finale. Are we at the start of a Golden Age for Offshore Wind? What could the next 10 years look like? With such an interesting topic and impressive line-up we can assure you this is a discussion not to be missed. We put your questions to the panel of assembled experts who joined us from all around the globe to share their views.


Sally Shenton, Morten Tobias Lind, Lars Lønstrup Nicolaisen, Karl Davis

November speakers

Season 1, Episode 5:

Big Bolted Connections

For our last Tech Session in 2020, we looked at Big Bolted Connections and asked the question, is the industry ready? Nick Howard from Empire Engineering was joined by Marc Seidel from Siemens Gamesa and Colin Schroder from ITH Bolting Technology. It was a lively debate and our best attended session to date.


Marc Siedel, Colin Schroder and Nick Howard

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Season 1, Episode 4:

Developers vs Designers.

In October, the gloves were off as we pitch the developer vs the designer. A healthy debate from both sides of the table on how developers and designers can and should work together in offshore wind. Ding ding, seconds out…


Eric Degand, Carl Winkle and Nick Howard

Season 1, Episode 3:

Designing the Monopile without a transition piece: why, how and when? 

For this session we spoke with Andrew Hodgson from Empire Engineering and brought in Ed Crammond from Wood Thilsted Partners to give his expert view on what to consider regarding TP-less design.


Andrew Hodgson and Ed Crammond

Season 1, Episode 2:

How deep can the monopile go?


We welcome Morten Tobias Lind, Technical Director at COWI, who joins our resident experts to debate just how deep the Monopile can go. Topics include fabrication, installation and turbine specification.


Karl Davis, Dr Alan Marson and Morten Tobias Lind

Season 1, Episode 1:

An introduction to floating offshore wind.

Floating offshore wind is one of the hop topics for 2020. As the technology moves from concept towards the main stream, our experts give an overview of the need-to-know about all things floating.


Eric Paya and Aaron Zigeng Du

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