These are exciting times for offshore wind, and this was reflected in the number and quality of the presentations we saw at the 2022 edition of the EERA DeepWind conference. The conference was held 19-21 January, co-hosted by SINTEF, NTNU and the European Energy Research Alliance‘s (EERA) joint programme on wind energy.
The development of offshore wind farms is vital to reach climate goals and can be done with respect for nature and other users of the sea. It will provide clean energy, green jobs and prosperity. But research and innovation are a key to success, and we are excited to have established the NorthWind research centre to address key challenges.
In her opening speech at the DeepWind conference, Norway’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Marte Mjøs Persen stated that “offshore wind is high on the Government’s agenda”. She stressed the importance of research and innovation in solving technical challenges, reducing costs and minimising environmental impacts.
Peter Eecen, coordinator of EERA Joint Programme Wind Energy, called in his keynote address for the creation of two large EU lighthouse projects: 1- Large scale offshore wind integration, and 2- Floating wind. The objective of these projects would be to address grand scientific and technical challenges crucial for the advancement of offshore wind, in line with the EU’s stated target of 300 GW of installed offshore wind capacity by 2050.
The programme included presentations by top specialists in the field, addressing the following topics:
- New turbine and generator technology
- Grid connection and system integration
- Met-ocean conditions
- Operation & maintenance
- Installation and sub-structures
- Wind farm control
- Wind farm optimization
- Experimental testing and validation
- Sustainable development
The conference also presented a top roster of keynote speakers:
|Marte Mjøs Persen, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Norway|
|Adrian Timbus, Vice President Portfolio and Strategic Marketing at Hitachi Energy|
|Lena Kitzing, Associate Professor and Head of Section of Society, Markets and Policy at DTU Wind Energy|
|Peter Eecen, Coordinator, EERA JP Wind and R&D manager at TNO|
|Geir Olav Berg, CTO and SVP engineering at Aker Offshore Wind|
|Amy Robertson, Offshore Wind Group manager at the NREL|
|Young-Ho LEE, Professor at the Korea Maritime & Ocean University|
|Jon Dugstad, Director Wind and Solar, Norwegian Energy Partners|
|Hanne Wigum, Manager of Offshore Wind Technology at Equinor|
|Matthijs Soede, Dr. ir. Senior Policy Officer at the European Commission|
|Yongqian LIU, Professor, Renewable Energy School, North China Electric Power University|
|Arvid Nesse, Head of the Marine Energy Test Centre (Metcentre)|
|Trond Kvamsdal, Professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, NTNU|
|John Olav Tande, Chief Scientist at SINTEF and director of the NorthWind research centre|
In total, around 150 presentations were given at the conference. These are all available online for registered conference participants throughout 2022 with recorded video and presentations in pdf format.
The papers submitted for the conference are now in peer-review for publication in the Journal of Physics: Conference series. These are expected to be on-line with open access by the fall of 2022.
The EERA DeepWind conference concluded with the poster award ceremony:
The poster award for best scientific content was given to Lars Ø. Bentsen, University of Oslo for his excellent work on “Probabilistic Wind Park Power Prediction using Bayesian Deep Learning and Generative Adversarial Networks”.
The poster award for best communication was given to Michael Stamm, BAM Germany, for his excellent poster titled “Towards automated passive thermography of wind turbine blades”.
Mark your calendars: The next EERA DeepWind conference will take place in Trondheim, 18-20 January 2023.