WINDFORCE 2014 Conference Programme

The most important offshore conference in Germany will take place at the same time as the trade fair, offering an ideal setting for gaining a comprehensive insight into offshore wind energy. The conference will feature more than 70 presentations, with 20 from 7 international countries, on current topics affecting the industry, excursions allowing a practical view of developments in Germany, and a panel discussion focusing on political issues.

This is a preliminary programme with an overview of all sessions and the presentations with the abstracts.

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Monday, 16 June 2014 - Northsea windfarm tour

North Sea Wind Farm Tour – Offshore Wind Energy “Live”

Excursion by air to North Sea offshore wind farms

Eight projects are under construction and three projects are successfully supplying wind power to the mainland. Find out more about projects from an aerial view. See for yourself what the German offshore industry can do.
Enjoy “live” information about the projects.

Details North Sea Wind Farm Tour (PDF)

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - Opening of Conference

4 p.m. Opening of Conference - Kaisen-Saal, at the Conference Center Bremen

Ronny Meyer, Managing Director, WAB
Jens Eckhoff, Managing Director, Offshore Wind Messe und Veranstaltungs GmbH

Keynote speakers:
Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam
Hildegard Müller, Chair of the General Executive Management Board and Member of the Executive Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW)

Welcome from the major sponsors:
Markus Rieck, Managing Director of ALSTOM Renewable Germany
Dr. Günther Schöffner, Managing Director/CEO Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke

5.30 – 6.30 p.m. Panel Discussion

With the kind support of:


Topic: The debate on amending the Renewable Energies Act – What does it mean for Germany’s offshore wind industry? How can the goals set for expansion be achieved? Can these goals also reduce costs?

Ronny Meyer, Managing Director Wind Energy Agency WAB
Dr Joerg Mielke, State Secretary and Head of Lower Saxony State Chancellery
Hildegard Müller, Chair of the General Executive Management Board and Member of the Executive Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW)
Alf Henryk Wulf, Chairman of the board, ALSTOM Deutschland AG
Manfred Dittmer, Head of Regulatory Affairs & Stakeholder Management, DONG Energy Renewables Germany GmbH

Chair: Andreas Neumann, Radio Bremen TV

7 p.m. WINDFORCE Party - Hanse-Saal, at the Conference Center Bremen

All conference participants and exhibitors are cordially invited to bring the first day to a close in a relaxed atmosphere.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 8 – 9.30 a.m. - Breakfast - Session A: Turbines

Offshore Wind Energy Turbines – New Developments and Experiences

1) Offshore Experience with Haliade150-6MW - Advanced offshore wind technology

Company / Unternehmen: ALSTOM Renewables Germany GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Markus Rieck
2) AREVA offshore technologies: a proven technology and the next step

Company / Unternehmen: Areva Wind
Speaker / Referent: Arnaud Bellanger
3) The Vestas V164-8.0MW

Company / Unternehmen: Vestas Offshore
Speaker / Referent: Torben Hvid Larsen, Denmark
Position: Chief Technology Officer
4) The Senvion 6.2M152 – 20% Yield Improvement for the 6.XM Platform

Company / Unternehmen: Senvion SE
Speaker / Referent: Harry Pim
Position: Productmanager

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m. - Session B: Technical route to cost reduction

Technical Routes to Cost Reduction

1) DONG Energy: Our path to reduce the costs of electricity

Company / Unternehmen: DONG Energy
Speaker / Referent: Trine Borum Bojsen
2) Offshore Wind Project Insurance from an EPC Contractor’s Perspective Project covers the EPC consortium, contractor’s balance of risks, opportunities to raise premium synergies

Company / Unternehmen: Nordwest Assekuranzmakler
Speaker / Referent: Dr Patrick Wendisch
3) Low-Risk Maintenance Operations

A method and its practical implementation

Company / Unternehmen: Hochschule Bremen / wpd windmanager Technik
Speaker / Referent: Susanne Appel / Dr Carsten Fichter
4) Quantitative Risk Assessment and Contingency Sizing How increased accuracy can help bring costs down

Company / Unternehmen: SgurrEnergy
Speaker / Referent: Raya Peterson
5) On the Way to Lowering Costs for Offshore Wind Energy

A focus on engineering und operation concepts

Company / Unternehmen: Vattenfall Europe Windkraft
Speaker / Referent: Felix Würtenberger
6) Approach to industrial jacket fabrication

Company / Unternehmen: WeserWind GmbH Offshore Construction Georgsmarienhütte
Speaker / Referent: Dr Sigurd Weise
7) Approaches for Cost Reduction along the Entire Supply Chain

Company / Unternehmen: Dr. Möller GmbH / IMS Nord
Speaker / Referent: Carsten Engel

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m. - Session C: Germanys lessons learnt and outlook

National Projects: Experiences and Outlook from Germany

1) From pioneer work to commercial work

Differences between the first offshore wind farm alpha ventus and the first commercial wind farm Riffgat in the German North Sea

Company / Unternehmen: EWE Offshore Service & Solutions GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Irina Lucke
2) Challenges during the construction of the Meerwind Süd/ Ost offshore wind farm

Company / Unternehmen: WindMW GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Jens Assheuer
3) Lessons learnt and outlook: Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm

Company / Unternehmen: RWE Innogy GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Marcel Sunier
4) Update Amrumbank West

Proven technology and innovation in the implementation phase

Company / Unternehmen: EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
Speaker / Referent: Dominik Schwegmann
5) Gode Wind - The next generation wind farm

Company / Unternehmen: Dong Energy
Speaker / Referent: Volker Malmen
6) The Butendiek Challenge - Structure, Experience and Status

Company / Unternehmen: wpd offshore solutions GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Martin Lehnhoff

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m. - Session D: International Markets

Offshore Markets: International Developments and Political Objectives

1) Offshore Wind - a European Outlook

Company / Unternehmen: EWEA
Speaker / Referent: Dr Andrew Garrad
2) The Importance of Offshore-Windenergy in the Energy Sector and for the German Energiewende

A Study

Company / Unternehmen: Stiftung Offshore Windenergie
Speaker / Referent: Dr Dennis Kruse
3) KPMG Offshore Wind Study 2013 - The industry seen by the stakeholders

Company / Unternehmen: KPMG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Speaker / Referent: Rainer Heidorn
4) The French market past, present and future:

A developing market for the foreseeable future

Company / Unternehmen: Green Giraffe Energy Bankers
Speaker / Referent: Pierre-Etienne Claveranne, France
5) New offshore wind developments in the Netherlands

Ambitious roll-out plans and cost reduction targets in a new regulatory system.

Company / Unternehmen: TKI - Wind op Zee
Speaker / Referent: Bob Meijer, Netherlands
6) 39 GW by 2030 - UK Offshore Wind Market Development and Opportunities

Company / Unternehmen: UK Trade & Investment / Offshore Wind Investment Organisation
Speaker / Referent: James Beal, Great Britain

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 1 – 3 p.m. - Lunch + Trade Fair

We have organized an Lunch bufett for all conference participants in the Hall 4.
The exhibitor will be very glad for an visit at there bothes in Hall 5.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 3 – 5 p.m. - Session E: Offshore-Substations

Offshore Substations: Installation and Operation

1) Looking Back and Ahead – What Are We Learning from the Construction, Transport and Installation of Offshore Platforms?

Company / Unternehmen: Alstom Grid / Technologiekontor Bremerhaven
Speaker / Referent: Sven Höpfner / Dr. Falk Lüddecke
2) Service of offshore substations: interdisciplinary, challenging, exciting!

Company / Unternehmen: Deutsche Windtechnik AG
Speaker / Referent: Matthias Brandt
3) Offshore substation realisation, improving the quality - reducing the risk

Company / Unternehmen: DNV GL Energy
Speaker / Referent: Peter Vaessen, NL
4) Standardisation of Transformer Substations for Offshore Wind Energy

Standardised transformer substations with modular construction and equipment for offshore wind energy have a positive effect on the costs, quality and manufacturing times of large offshore projects and on their maintenance

Company / Unternehmen: Oforny GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Falk Steinert

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 3 – 5 p.m. - Session F: International projects

International Projects: Experiences and Outlook

1) Lessons learned in UK offshore wind farm developments

Underestimating construction and installation times and costs

Company / Unternehmen: SgurrEnergy
Speaker / Referent: Matthias Henke
2) From bottleneck to oversupply?

Do current vessel specifications meet the coming market requirements?

Company / Unternehmen: DNV GL
Speaker / Referent: Peter Frohböse
3) The financing of the Gemini 600 MW offshore wind project in the Netherlands

The largest ever non recourse financing

Company / Unternehmen: Green Giraffe Energy Bankers
Speaker / Referent: Dr. Jérôme Guillet, France

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 3 – 5 p.m. - Session G: Safety for offshore work

Safety in Offshore Working and Diving Operations: Concepts and Solutions

1) Guidance for diving on Renewable Energy Projects

Company / Unternehmen: Nordseetaucher GmbH in co-operation with the EDTC-European Diving Technology Committee
Speaker / Referent: Rob Borgonjen
2) Opting for Second Best in Safety? Vessels as a High-Performance Resource

Company / Unternehmen: Bugsier-, Reederei- und Bergungs-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
Speaker / Referent: Carsten Wibel
3) Shared offshore coordination centre:

Reducing investments, synchronising operations, sharing transport capacities

Company / Unternehmen: EMS Maritime Offshore
Speaker / Referent: Thomas van der Laan
4) Simulation Training for Offshore Emergency Care

Demands for and Experiences from Patient Simulation Trainings

Company / Unternehmen: ADAC Luftrettung gGmbH
Speaker / Referent: Dr. Matthias Ruppert
5) Safe Work and Safe Rescue in Offshore Operations

How to ensure best possible safety for work at heights in offshore wind turbines; and how to go about incident management in case of accidents

Company / Unternehmen: Kletter-Spezial-Einheit GmbH & Co. KG
Speaker / Referent: Bernd Kleinhenz
6) Life-threatening accident challenges the teams at the offshore wind farm Global Tech I

First comprehensive rescue exercise in the offshore wind market in Germany confirms effectiveness of HOCHTIEF’s rescue concept

Company / Unternehmen: HOCHTIEF Solutions AG Civil Engineering Marine and Offshore
Speaker / Referent: Dirk Schreiber

Thursday, 19 June 2014 - 8 – 9.30 a.m. - Breakfast - Session H: Floating Foundations

Floating Foundations: New Developments and the Next Steps

1) The GICON®-TLP for wind turbines

An economical and ecological floating foundation solution

Company / Unternehmen: GICON® – Großmann Ingenieur Consult GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Frank Adam
2) Individual Wave Fields and Wave Forecast from X-Band Marine Radar

Increasing safety and efficency for offshore operations

Company / Unternehmen: OceanWaveS GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Christian Boddenberg
3) Floating concepts

Company / Unternehmen: DNV GL
Speaker / Referent: Johan Sandberg, Norway
4) New markets: changing the paradigm offshore wind

Company / Unternehmen: Principle Power Inc.
Speaker / Referent: Alla Weinstein

Thursday, 19 June 2014 - 9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m. - Session I: Corrosion protection

Corrosion Protection: Systems for Offshore Wind Energy / Installation / Life Cycle Cost Reduction / Experiences / Processes / Case Studies

1) Overview of Zinc-Based Galvanic Corrosion Systems for Offshore Wind Energy Structures

Company / Unternehmen: International Zinc Association
Speaker / Referent: Frank E. Goodwin, Belgium
2) Corrosion resistance of protective paint systems applied on steel structures in marine and offshore situations: experiences from the naval industry

Company / Unternehmen: French Corrosion Institute
Speaker / Referent: Dr. Nathalie Le Bozec, France
3) Thermal Spray for Wind Turbines

Application techniques of thermal spray coatings for corrosion protection of wind turbines

Company / Unternehmen: Metallisation Ltd
Speaker / Referent: Stuart Milton, UK
4) Thermal spraying with zinc and zinc alloys for Offshore Wind Energy Plants

Company / Unternehmen: Grillo-Werke AG
Speaker / Referent: Dr. Frank Prenger
5) Requirements on high-performance coating systems under low-temperature offshore conditions

Long-life performance under harsh conditions

Company / Unternehmen: Muehlhan AG
Speaker / Referent: Dr. Andreas Momber
6) Cost Reduction by Coating Inspection and Coating Damage Mitigation

Company / Unternehmen: Pihl Expert GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Gunnar Pihl
7) Practical Experiences with Solvent-Free Coatings on the Basis of the Current BSH Guideline

10-year track report on FINO 1 / Experiences and future challenges for corrosion protection on offshore foundations

Company / Unternehmen: Sika Deutschland GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Stefan Luipers

Thursday, 19 June 2014 - 9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m. - Session J: Standardisation and Harmonisation

Standardisation and Harmonisation: Different Countries, Different Standards

1) How to manage “just-in-time delivery” in offshore wind projects

Company / Unternehmen: Energy Just in Time GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Dr. Manfred Auch
2) Update on the offshore code of practice (OCoP) initiative:

Risk management standards for offshore wind power projects

Company / Unternehmen: Swiss Re
Speaker / Referent: Harald Dimpflmaier
3) Smart contracting as a means of cost reduction

Exploring ways in which different European countries, applying varying standards, could reduce costs by contractual standardisation and harmonisation

Company / Unternehmen: Ince & Co LLP
Speaker / Referent: Mark de la Haye, UK | Chris Kidd, UK
4) RDS-PP: International Standard applied in the Wind Industry – Application Examples

Company / Unternehmen: VGB PowerTech e.V.
Speaker / Referent: Ulrich Langnickel
5) Standardisation in Offshore Logistics

The need for and potential of standardising information flows

Company / Unternehmen: BLG Logistics Solutions GmbH & Co. KG
Speaker / Referent: Michael Görges
6) National and international standards for the design re- quirements of offshore substations:

The advantages of offshore substations’ certification

Company / Unternehmen: TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH, Offshore Wind Energy
Speaker / Referent: Malte Lossin

Thursday, 19 June 2014 - 9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m. - Session K: Logistics and construction

With the kind support of:

Logistics and Installation of Offshore Wind Farms: Challenges and Answers

1) Uncertainty for Port Operators and Logistics Providers

Planning Reliability for long-term Investments to Optimize OWE Supply Chain

Company / Unternehmen: Zentralverband der Deutschen Seehafenbetriebe - ZDS
Speaker / Referent: Andreas Wellbrock
2) The search for the optimum solution

Development and Execution of transport, installation and commissioning of the Nordsee-Ost WTGs

Company / Unternehmen: RWE Innogy / Senvion
Speaker / Referent: Heiner Strauß / Cornelius Drücker
3) Toward a floating future

A2SEA has designed and concept-tested the first of a new generation of vessels that leverage know-how from the world of shuttle tankers to bring unparalleled capacity and improved safety to foundation installation.

Company / Unternehmen: A2SEA
Speaker / Referent: Sascha Wiesner
Position: Regional Manager for Germany / Netherlands and Belgium
4) Offshore Accommodation and Maintenance Vessel

One Design - Several Possibilities

Company / Unternehmen: Meyer Werft GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Claas Hörmann
5) Weather Delay Insurance in Offshore Construction & Maintenance

Managing Weather Risk

Company / Unternehmen: Endurance Global Weather
Speaker / Referent: Ralph Renner, UK
6) Walk to Work

Rethinking the transfer of personnel between vessels and structures

Company / Unternehmen: Siem Offshore Contractors GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Günther Bakker
7) The MIDOS® Pile

A quiet and economical system to install foundation piles for jacket and tripod structures

Company / Unternehmen: BAUER Maschinen GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Leonhard Weixler

Thursday, 19 June 2014 - 1 – 3 p.m. - Lunch + Trade Fair

We have organized an Lunch bufett for all conference participants in the Hall 4.
The exhibitor will be very glad for an visit at there bothes in Hall 5.

Thursday, 19 June 2014 - 3 – 5 p.m. - Session L: Grid development

Offshore Grid Development: Next Steps, Technology, Maintenance and Monitoring

1) Offshore grid plan

First serial offshore application of the noise mitigation system of Hydro Sound Dampers (HSD)

Company / Unternehmen: BSH
Speaker / Referent: Dr Nico Nolte
2) TenneT- the world leading Offshore TSO

Latest developments in connecting offshore wind farms in Germany’s North Sea

Company / Unternehmen: TenneT Offshore GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Wilfried Breuer
3) Optimized subsea power cable systems for cost reduction and specific applications

Company / Unternehmen: NSW General Cable
Speaker / Referent: Heiner Ottersberg
4) ABB Cable Care – Service for Offshore Cable Connections

Preventive Maintenance and Repair-Preparedness for Power Cables

Company / Unternehmen: ABB AG
Speaker / Referent: Philip Schöpfle
5) Advanced Trenching Solution for Inter-Array Cable Burial

IHC Engineering Business' Hi-Traq Trenching Vehicle

Company / Unternehmen: IHC Engineering Business
Speaker / Referent: Chris Jones, UK
6) Reducing the Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) of Offshore Renewable Energy through ‘Holistic’ Condition Monitoring (CM) of the Offshore Wind Farm High Voltage Networks

Company / Unternehmen: HVPD Newcastle University
Speaker / Referent: Stefan Heberer, UK

Thursday, 19 June 2014 - 3 – 5 p.m. - Session M: Nature and Environment Protection

Nature and Environment Protection: Scientific Answers and Technical Solutions

1) A New Effective Method to Reduce Offshore Piling Noise

First serial offshore application of the noise mitigation system of Hydro Sound Dampers (HSD)

Company / Unternehmen: OffNoise-Solutions GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Dr. Karl-Heinz Elmer
2) Avifauna Monitoring in Offshore Wind Farms

A new approach to developing effective and cost-efficient methods and techniques

Company / Unternehmen: Institute for Marine Resources GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Antonia Dix
3) Mitigation of piling noise during construction of the offshore windfarm DanTysk

A base case for noise mitigation concepts

Company / Unternehmen: Vattenfall Europe Windkraft GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Dr. Eva Philipp

Thursday, 19 June 2014 - 3 – 5 p.m. - Session N: Technical research

Technical Research for Offshore Wind

1) Challenge offshore test site research

Conceptualizing and initiating further offshore wind energy test site research in Germany after alpha ventus

Company / Unternehmen: Fraunhofer-Institut für Windenergie und Energiesystemtechnik IWES
Speaker / Referent: Bernhard Lange
2) Update on the PISA Project

PISA - A Joint-Industry Project into laterally loaded Piles

Company / Unternehmen: DONG Energy
Speaker / Referent: Dr. Jesper Skov Gretlund, Denmark
3) Offshore Foundation Monitoring

Realizing Cost Savings by Using a Model Based Monitoring Concept

Company / Unternehmen: airwerk GmbH
Speaker / Referent: Jens Krieger
4) Wake losses as a function of atmospheric stability for an offshore wind farm

CFD approach to whole array efficiency computation

Company / Unternehmen: ALSTOM Wind SLU
Speaker / Referent: Sergi Roma i Solanellas, Spain
5) Experimental Testing of Support Structures and Offshore Foundations

Overview of Business and Research Activities

Company / Unternehmen: Fraunhofer-Institut für Windenergie und Energiesystemtechnik IWES
Speaker / Referent: Daniel Hofmann