WINDFORCE 2012 Conference Programme

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Monday, 25. June 2012

Excursion to Bremerhaven 11.00 a.m.
  • AREVA Wind nacelle test stand*
  • Production of steel foundation at WeserWind Offshore Construction Georgsmarienhütte*
  • Visit to RWE Innogy’s base and construction port for the Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm*

*Please note: There will be no access to the facilities for persons from competing companies. The companies to be visited will decide in the individual case. Thank you for your understanding.

Meeting Point / Registration: Hall 4 / Messe Bremen – 10.30 a.m.
Start: 11.00 a.m. Hall 5
Return: 5.00 p.m. Messe Bremen

Tuesday, 26. June 2012

Senate Reception at Bremen Town Hall 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.t

Opening of Conference

  • Scottish Government, Minister for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism Fergus Ewing
  • Mayor of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen Jens Böhrnsen

Followed by inaugural event in and around Bremen Town Hall

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Conference Keynotes 10 – 11 a.m.
  • Scottish Government, Minister for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism, Fergus Ewing
  • Senator for Environment, Construction and Transport, Dr Joachim Lohse
  • Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke (NSW) General Cable Group, Managing Director, Thorsten Schwarz
  • ALSTOM Grid, Reinhard Bahrke
Panel Discussion
  • Grid connection for offshore wind energy: Where are we now, what is the right way ahead, what action should we take?

Presenter: Andreas Neumann, Radio Bremen TV

Lower Saxony Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Protection, Dr Stefan Birkner

EnBW Erneuerbare Energien, CEO, Stefan Thiele

TenneT Offshore, Managing Director, Guido Fricke

ABB, Head of Marketing & Sales, Raphael Görner

Alstom Grid, Sales Director, Uwe Gierer

Stiftung Offshore Windenergie, CEO, Jörg Kuhbier

A Offshore Grid I  2 – 5 p.m.

Chair: Kuhbier.Rechtsanwälte, Lawyer and Partner, Dr Ursula Prall

  • The benefits of operating future offshore wind farms at higher (52-66kV) voltages

Carbon Trust Initiative, Offshore Wind Accelerator Delivery Manager, Breanne Gellatly, UK

  • Strategies for successful cable installation

Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke, Director Project Support & Installation, Tom Schmitz

  • Lessons learned and key trends in cable protection systems

Tekmar Energy Ltd, CEO, James Ritchie, UK

  • Coffee break
  • Contractor’s perspective on scour protection installation

Dredging International nv, DEME Group, Engineering Specialist, ir. Martijn Hovestad

  • An insurer’s perspective on array cable-laying experience in the UK- the industry’s track record on array cables- the causes behind array cable failures- consequences from the view of an insurer

Marsh Germany, Renewable Energy Practice Leader, Ralf Skowronnek

B Insurance 2 – 5 p.m.

Chair: Nordwest Assekuranzmakler, Managing Director, Dr rer pol Patrick Wendisch

  • Keynote presentation on offshore wind insurance and current developments

Nordwest Assekuranzmakler, Managing Director, Dr rer pol Patrick Wendisch

  • Codan’s view of Germany’s offshore wind market and the lessens learned from other international offshore wind insurers

Codan Insurance, part of the RSA Insurance Group, General Manager, Niels Kragelund, DK

  • Insurability of offshore wind projects in the context of project owners, investors, lenders, contractors and operator risk-transfer objectives set against the risk appetite and capacity of insurers

Benatar & Co. Limited, Managing Consultant, Martin Benatar

  •  Coffee break
  • Risk assessment of German insurers to the investment scenario for offshore wind energy

German Insurance Association (GDV), Property and Engineering Insurance, Frank Thyrolf

  •  Risk assessment of German insurers for i.r.o. investments in offshore wind energy

Swiss Re Europe, German Office, Head Engineering Munich Hub, Harald Dimpflmaier

C Pile-Driving Noise Protection 2 – 5 p.m.

Chair: EWE, Managing Director, Wilfried Hube

  •  The challenge of reducing noise during the installation of offshore foundations

RWE Offshore Logistics Company, Senior Manager, Engineering Technology, Fabian Wilke

  • Field report from BARD Offshore 1: Reducing noise with the help of a small bubble curtain

Bard Engineering, Head of Approval Management Department, Dr Susanne Schorcht

  • Experience with a large bubble curtain at Borkum West II

itap – Institut für technische und angewandte Physik GmbH, Michael Bellmann

  • Coffee break
  • Noise mitigation using a dewatered cofferdam. Testresults

Lo-Noise ApS, CEO, Anders Ørgård Hansen, DK

  • DanTysk offshore wind farm: Noise protection made to order

Vattenfall Europe Windkraft, Dan Tysk Project Director, Holger Grubel

Maritime Wind Dinner, Bremerhaven, Offshore-Terminal ABC-Halbinsel, 7 p.m. – midnight


  • WAB e.V., Managing Director, Ronny Meyer
  • Chairman of the WAB Executive Board, Dr. Klaus Meier
  • BLG Logistics – WindEnergy Logistics, Managing Director, Andreas Wellbrock

Windforce will provide transportation by train between Messe Bremen and the Offshore-Terminal ABC-Halbinsel.
Walk across the parking area to the Main Station.
You will find the railway to the Maritime Wind Dinner at rail track number 6.
Departure: 6.15 p.m.
The return train leaves Offshore-Terminal ABC-Halbinsel at 12 p.m.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

D Offshore Grid II 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Chair: Kuhbier.Rechtsanwälte, Lawyer and Partner, Dr Ursula Prall

  • The offshore grid: Is it the bottleneck of the energy turnaround?

German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Head of Division, Dr Torsten Bischoff

  • Incompatible optimisation? The requirements and consequences of grid regulations for the implementation and financing of offshore projects

wpd offshore, Achim Berge

  • AC and DC cable solutions for offshore wind energy

ABB Sweden, Raphael Görner

  • Coffee break
  • Grid Connection Offshore Wind project Gemini

Typhoon Offshore, Head of German Operation, Guido Kumbartzky

  • Complex technical challenges on the high seas: Operating and replacing the electrical components of offshore substations

tkb. Technologiekontor Bremerhaven, Dr-Ing Falk Lüddecke, and ALSTOM Grid, Sven Höpfner

  • Grid connection of offshore wind farms in the Baltic: Plans, experience and prospects

50Hertz Transmission, Head of Offshore Projects, Dr Lorenz Müller

E Offshore financing 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Chair: KfW-IPEX-Bank, Vice-President, Andrew Eckhardt

  • Financial risk mitigation for investors: Lessons learned from offshore wind farm installations and CAPEX modelling

GL Garrad Hassan, General Manager, Dr Helmut Klug

  •  Offshore wind: Who is going to invest?

The Boston Consulting Group, Principal, Dr Gunar Hering

  • There will be no white flag…
    Topics for German utilities when assessing investments in OFF-shore

BET Büro für Energiewirtschaft und technische Planung, Dr Petr Svoboda

  •  Coffee break
  • Costs, savings and risks: Making offshore wind projects bankable

UniCredit Bank, Director, Brad McAboy

  •  Recent trends in the financing of offshore wind farms

Green Giraffe Energy Bankers, Managing Director, Dr Jérôme Guillet, F

  • Due Diligence: Impact of Offshore Requirements

Deutsche Offshore Consult, Managing Director, Oliver Spalthoff

F Offshore Logistics 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Chair: Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland, Head of Office, M.Sc. Lena Kohlmorgen

  • At eye level: Safe navigation on maritime shipping routes to wind farms at sea

Waterways and Shipping Directorate Northwest, President, Klaus Frerichs

  • Innovative logistical plans as a competitive advantage

BLG Logistics – WindEnergy Logistics, Managing Director, Andreas Wellbrock

  • Offshore logistics from the operator’s point of view

EnBW Erneuerbare Energien, Team Manager Engineering Wind Offshore, Wind Turbine Technology & Installation, Dirk Dollmann

  • Coffee break
  •  What logistical services can learn from offshore logistics

Logistik Service Agentur, Roger Heidmann

  • Supply chain management for offshore wind farms: A special focus on the challenges of customs clearance and consultancy

Kuehne+Nagel, Manager, Offshore Logistics, Robert M. Instinsky

  • Constructing the BARD Offshore 1 wind farm: Logistical experience

BARD Logistik, Managing Director, Hauke Groeneveld

G Offshore Special Ships 2 – 5 p.m.

Chair: WINDEA Offshore, Managing Director, Knut Gerdes

  • IMO proposal: Explanation of the German initiative at the IMO to ensure uniform international safety standards for personnel transfer ships and service vessels

German Shipowners’ Association (VDR), Marine Director, Wolfgang Hintzsche

  • First steps towards industrialization of the offshore wind installation market

HGO InfraSea Solutions, Managing Director, Dr-Ing Carsten Heymann

  • Accessing offshore turbines safely: Siemens‘ approach

Siemens Windpower A/S, Head of Siemens Energy Service Wind Offshore, Ken Soerensen, DK

  • Coffee break
  • Multipurpose vs. specialised offshore vessels: A naval architectural view of different concepts

Bremen University of Applied Sciences, Head/Professor department for shipbuilding and marine engineering, Prof. Dr-Ing Hans Gudenschwager

  • Installation and maintenance vessels: Still a bottleneck or can we expect tonnage oversupply?

GRS / GERMAN RENEWABLES SHIPBROKERS, Managing Director, Philippe Schönefeld

H HSE – Health, Safety and Environmental Protection 2 – 5 p.m.

Chair: Deutsche WindGuard, Managing Director, Gerhard J. Gerdes

  • ChapDrive AS – European development of new hydraulic drive train technology for offshore wind turbines with focus on HSE

ChapDrive AS, Vice President and co-founder, Åsmund Furuseth

  • European approach to HSE

REpower Systems, Dr. Axel Birk

  • NOW emergency control centre for offshore wind farms

German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (DGzRS), Managing Director / Head of Rescue Services, Helge Udo Fox

  • Requirements for helicopter-based rescue missions in hostile environment

Wiking Helikopter Service, Managing Director, Alexander von Plato and ADAC Luftrettung, Director of Medicine, Dr Matthias Ruppert

  • Coffee break
  • Offshore Vessel Control Center (OVCC): From maritime surveillance to the deployment of ships and logistics coordination

Bugsier-, Reederei- und Bergungs-Gesellschaft, Project Head, Carsten Wibel

  • HSE aspects for diving operations in German offshore wind farm projects

GL Garrad Hassan, Offshore Wind Consultant, Justus Kellner

I Offshore Job Qualification 2 – 5 p.m.

Chair: WAB e.V., Urs Wahl

  • Employment potential of the offshore wind energy industry

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Senior Manager, Dr Thomas Ull

  • (1) Germany’s northwest region focuses on job qualification and vocational training for the offshore wind industry

ForWind – Center for Wind Energy Research, Coordinator for Professional Training and Continuing Studies, Moses Kärn

  • (2) Job qualification and advanced training for offshore service technicians

Deutsche WindGuard Offshore, Senior Project Manager, Stefan Hicke

  • (1) HOCHTIEF – Training as an offshore worker at the Global Tech 1 wind farm (Part 1 – HSE training)

HOCHTIEF Solutions AG – Civil Engineering Marine and Offshore, QHSE Manager, Dirk Schreiber

  • (2) Technical training programme for installation preparation (Part 2)

HOCHTIEF Solutions, Deputy Project Manager, Michael Berges

  •  Coffee break
  • The challenge of internationalisation: Building up a skilled labour pool able to work in different countries

DONG Energy Renewables Germany, Country Manager Engineering, Head of Project Execution, Christoph Mertens

  • Developing a competent offshore workforce

Petrofac Training, Business Development Manager, Greg Croft

Windforce Party
Flo Mega (Bremen’s finest Soul Music),Football(Germany vs Italy), Party, Flying Finger Food, Sushi, Drinks