Floating Frontiers:
Offshore Wind in the U.S.

Technical Needs and Advancements

July 11, 2018

Downtown Aquarium
410 Bagby Street
Houston, TX 77002

Parking Information:
Parking is located at the back of the building - past the parking booth.

Room Location:
Enter the Aquarium via the entrance at the front of the building. Proceed to the elevator or staircase to the 3rd Floor. There will be a check-in table outside of the Nautilus-Portside event room.

The United States has embraced offshore wind two decades after Europe. As a consequence, U.S. businesses are under pressure to make accelerated investments and technological commitments as they ramp up to become part of the offshore wind supply chain. Floating offshore wind is the industry’s ‘second wind’ in which the know-how is less European-centric and the U.S. has the same level of:

  • policy interests
  • market demand with loads near coastal deep waters and powerful winds
  • design capabilities
  • technology

The Business Network for Offshore Wind is introducing Floating Frontiers: Offshore Wind in the U.S., a series of one-day discussions focused on single topics – environmental science, technology, technical needs and advancements, research and development, and finance.

This discussion is focused on highlighting the market and supply chain opportunities for O&G industries and is focused on floating offshore wind technical needs and advancements.

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8:00–8:05 am Welcome
Liz Burdock, Executive Director – Business Network for Offshore Wind
8:05–9:00am Breakfast Briefing
The Floating Offshore Wind Global Market – U.S. Potential and Demand
An overview of the early advancements for floating offshore wind in both Europe and Asia, as well as describe the future global market and spotlight the U.S. potential. This briefing will illustrate that now is the correct time for the U.S. to engage in floating offshore wind and provide the context for the remainder of the forum.
Walt Musial – National Renewable Energy Laboratory
The Opportunity for the U.S. O&G Sector in Floating Offshore Wind
Vincent Devito, Counselor to the Secretary for Energy Policy – U.S. Department of the Interior
Financing: First of a Kind Deployment
Mark Higgins, Assistant Director, Technical & Project Management Division, Loan Guarantee Program – U.S. Department of Energy
9:00am Purpose of the Workshop
Ross Tyler, Strategy and Development Advisor – Business Network for Offshore Wind
9:15–10:45 am Opportunity: Design and Innovation Needed
There are several platform designs: Are there more to come or is consolidation about to occur? What are the areas of O&G expertise that can contribute to accelerating the transfer of know-how in platform design and bring real benefits to the U.S. floating offshore wind market? Can floating offshore wind be married with O&G to accelerate design? Is there applicability as floating offshore wind platforms start to be designed for serial production? What other factors go into platform design? What are the technical points of risk and vulnerability for floating offshore wind platforms and are some of the solutions embedded within O&G companies and research institutions? What may we expect in the future of floating offshore wind platform design and how can U.S. O&G become involved?
Theme Lead with Introductions & Speaker: Jarrett Goldsmith – DNV GL
• Robert Harrell – ATKINS (member of the SNC-Lavalin Group)
• Bill Hurley – Glosten
• Bingbin Yu – AKER representing Principle Power
• Arturo Rodriguez Tsouroukdissian - Equinor
10:45–11:15 am Coffee Break
11:15–12:30 pm Opportunity: Technical Solutions Wanted - - From Bottom Up
Floating offshore wind platforms need to be secured to the ocean floor with appropriate anchor system(s) to which the mooring lines are attached and hold the floating platform in place. What are the best anchoring mechanisms and mooring systems to provide favorable mechanical properties? Similarly, what considerations go into dynamic cables in design and installation? What additional technical solutions are required? Is HDVC cable important for the U.S. floating offshore wind market? Are there additional stresses on the joint cementing the platform and the tower with turbine and blades that are different from fixed bottom and how are the consequences of these stresses evaluated for meeting Certification criteria?
• Theme Lead: Ross Tyler - Business Network for Offshore Wind
• Clement Mochet - Vryhof
• Matthew Peck – JDR Cables
• Puneet Agarwal - Stress Engineering Services
12:30–1:30 pm Networking Lunch
1:30–2:30 pm Opportunity: Steps to Commercialization - Prototype to Serial Production & Just In Time Deployment with Case Studies
Floating offshore wind provides the opportunity for cost savings with economies of scale and serial production. What are the expected trends for offshore wind floater production to help lower costs? What are the physical needs of a floating offshore wind manufacturing site? Are there challenges with tower, turbine and blade installations from a marine terminal perspective? Will the changes in turbine size impact the infrastructure and the equipment such as heavy lift cranes? What vessels are required to ‘tow’, ‘position’ and ‘connect’ the floating turbines? How may designs fit into serial production and help commercialization? What are the European models and the lessons learned so far?
• Theme Lead: Kevin Pearce - Siemens
• Aaron Porter – Mott MacDonald
• Luis González-Pinto, Chief Operations Officer – Saitec Offshore
2:30–3:00 pm Coffee Break
3:00–4:00 pm Opportunity: Higher Performance - More Power Output from Operations and Maintenance
West Coast floating offshore wind farms most likely will be positioned the same distance as east coast fixed bottom facilities making routine maintenance daily commutes. However, the technicians will be facing ‘motion to motion’ transfers rather than ‘motion to fixed’ - both by air and by sea. Does the industry have a safe solution? What maintenance needs cannot be performed with the platform in situ at sea and what are the efficiency implications for returning the platform back to the marine terminal? What elements of O&M are priorities for contributing to significant cost reductions?
• Theme lead and speaker: Jay Borkland – Ramboll
• Jim Thomson – University of Washington
• Jamie Davidson - Lloyds Register
4:00–4:15 pm Wrap up
Key points from the day highlighting potential challenges to advance floating offshore wind as a U.S. industry. Does the U.S. oil and gas sector have know-how that can help advance the U.S. floating offshore wind supply chain for both domestic and international markets? What will attract U.S. O&G to participate in the floating offshore wind sector? What are the short and medium term recommended actions needed for the U.S. to firmly become part of the floating offshore wind market while lease conditions for deep ocean areas are being prepared?
• Ross Tyler, Strategy and Development Advisor – Business Network for Offshore Wind
4:15-6:00 pm Networking Happy Hour


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