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Glasgow Welcomes Offshore Wind Conference



On January 24, Scottish Renewables’ yearly Offshore Wind Conference will take place in Glasgow.

The event will be the second delivered in partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, and will feature speakers from both organisations as well as wider industry.

The conference, to be held in Glasgow on January 24, will focus on the roles of innovation, cost reduction, planning, infrastructure and supply chain in delivering the next phase of the UK’s offshore wind fleet.

Speakers include:

  • Dame Anne Glover – Vice-Principal External Affairs & Dean for Europe at the University of Aberdeen, and Non-Executive Director, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
  • Paul Wheelhouse MSP – Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy
  • Jonathan Cole – Managing Director, ScottishPower Renewables and Chairman, Offshore Wind Programme Board
  • Sarah Pirie – Head of Development, EDP Renewables
  • Sebastian Bringsværd – Head of Hywind Development, New Energy Solutions, Statoil ASA
  • Una Brosnan – Growth Manager, Offshore Wind, Power & Renewables, Atkins
  • Andrew Jamieson – Chief Executive, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
  • Ray Thompson – Head of Business Development, Siemens Wind Power
  • Lindsay Roberts, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “Scottish Renewables’ Offshore Wind Conference will bring together the industry’s leading players to discuss and debate the key issues facing the sector.

“After the success of 2016’s event, the 2017 conference will again be delivered in partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, whose expertise in innovation and testing is helping cement the UK’s position as a world-leader in offshore renewables.

“The conference will look at innovations such as 2-B’s two-bladed turbine, Statoil’s Hywind project and cutting edge developments in operations and maintenance.

“We’ll also discuss challenges presented by different consenting regimes and those faced by Scotland’s supply chain.”

Offshore wind developers, local and national government, academia, public bodies, finance, advisory, legal and consultancy representatives are all expected to attend the event, which is being held in the University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre in central Glasgow.

Andrew Jamieson, Chief Executive of ORE Catapult, said: “Following the success of the 2016 conference we are pleased to partner once again with Scottish Renewables, helping to bring together key industry figures to discuss some of the most important opportunities and challenges facing our sector today.

“The Scottish renewables industry has a huge role to play in bringing growth and prosperity to the Scottish and UK economies and in ensuring the continued success of the UK offshore wind industry.”

The event will also feature an exhibition, at which spaces are still available. Current exhibitors include:

  • Aggreko
  • DNV GL
  • Flintstone Technology
  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Invest in Fife
  • Marine Scotland
  • TNEI Services
  • NewWaves Solutions
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Shepherd + Wedderburn
  • Sparrows
  • The Crown Estate
  • The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

A Burns Supper-themed dinner will be held the evening before the conference and will feature elements of a traditional Burns Night including readings of poetry and songs written by Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns.

To book tickets for the conference or dinner, or space for an exhibition stand, please contact Lisa Russell ( or 0141 353 4986) or visit