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The Re-Energise Podcast
38 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Episode 26: Unlocking the UK’s Floating Wind Potential
Floating offshore wind is an essential ingredient for the UK’s energy future. Only by pushing installations into deeper waters will we be able to meet our net-zero targets for renewable energy output by 2050. Floating wind will bring investment and support direct and indirect jobs, often in economically and socially deprived areas. In the UK alone, studies have shown that floating wind could create 29,000 jobs and generate £43 billion for the UK economy by 2050. So how is the UK developing this vibrant, indigenous floating offshore wind industry? We're joined by three industry experts to explore this question and more. Úna Brosnan - Offshore New Markets Manager, Mainstream Gavin MacKay - Head of Energy Industries at Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Member of the DeepWind Cluster Steering Group Ralph Torr - Programme Manager for the Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence, ORE Catapult
23 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Global Offshore Wind's Rising Stars
We're pleased to introduce our Global Offshore Wind 2021 Rising Stars in this special edition of ReEnergise! Listen to Johnathan Love and Ellen Jump as they discuss their journeys into offshore wind as well as key themes for this year's GOW 2021 conference.
37 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Episode 24 - The Role of Robotics in the Future of Offshore Wind and Net Zero
Our clean energy revolution is in full swing, with the UK actively moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources such as offshore wind. If the UK is to meet its net-zero targets by 2050, our offshore wind capacity needs to expand more than seven times over. This future scale-up of operations, pushing into ever deeper waters, will need the help of robotics and autonomous systems for maintenance and repair to become a reality. In this month's episode, we're joined by: - Alex Louden, Senior Technology Acceleration Manager, ORE Catapult - Dr Theo Lim, Human Robot Interaction, Robot Design and Soft Robotics, Bioinspired Approaches, Heriot-Watt University - Dr Simon Watson, Senior Lecturer in Robotic Systems, University of Manchester - Brodie Clark, Lead Robotics Software Engineer, BladeBUG
32 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Episode 23: 2021 Predictions - Six Month Check In
ORE Catapult's Tom Quinn and Gavin Smart are back with their analysis of the first six months of developments in offshore wind from 2021. "2020 was almost a watershed year with huge focus on green recoveries and energy transition. 2021 will be the year for action". This is the general theme of Tom's predictions for the offshore wind industry that he made at the beginning of this year. Six months on, Tom and Gavin dissect just how accurate our predictions have been so far, and what the run up to COP26 and the remainder of 2021 has in store for offshore renewable energy developments.
31 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Episode 22: A Tidal Wave of Innovation: The UK's Marine Energy Environment
Wave and tidal energy solutions have grown significantly in recent years, with a wide range of projects underway to de-risk, reduce costs and commercialise these technologies, raising their credibility as investments. As the country begins its road to recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK has the opportunity to reap the economic benefits of this renewable source, including job creation, supply chain growth as well as economic regeneration of coastal communities, and be the go-to country for marine energy exports in technology, intellectual property and services. But we need to act now. In this month’s episode, Head of Innovation Projects, Vicky Coy, is joined by three wave and tidal energy experts to better understand how marine energy will contribute to achieving our climate goals and become a booming economic opportunity for the UK.
36 minutes | May 5, 2021
Episode 21 - Regional Round Up of Offshore Wind Opportunities: Grimsby
O&M activities make up almost a quarter of the lifetime costs of an offshore wind farm and provide a huge opportunity for cost reduction through innovation of products and services. Last year, we opened our Operations and Maintenance Centre of Excellence, a national hub for enhancing the UK’s world leading position in offshore wind operational performance. With our Centre of Excellence located at the Port of Grimsby, we want to discuss the opportunities that exist within the region and the role it will play in the UK’s green recovery. In this month's episode, our host, Johnny Love, welcomes back the Deputy Chief Executive for RenewableUK, Melanie Onn, as well as a couple of new faces, Corrine Barry from RES Group and Maggie Johnson from the North East Lincolnshire Council, to explore the opportunities available for the offshore wind industry in Grimsby
38 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Episode 20: Clean Maritime and the Offshore Wind Sector
The UK has a strong maritime heritage as well as thriving, innovative maritime and clean-tech industries. Our maritime sector is vital to the success of the UK’s economy, but its carbon emissions are leading a vessel decarbonisation drive, requiring an international solution to reverse the effects of climate change. Joining us this month are three industry experts to explore the topic of vessel decarbonisation in offshore wind in the hope that the industry can be a springboard to broader maritime decarbonisation and the creation of a thriving clean maritime industry in the UK.
48 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Episode 19: My Industry, Your Industry - Cross Catapult Conversations
While between 85-90% of a wind turbine is already widely deemed to be recyclable, turbine blades remain the stubborn final step in creating a sustainable supply chain in the UK that can extend to more advanced circular economy practices. These include extending components (through refurbishment, for example), reuse and remanufacturing, as well as designing out waste and tough-to-recycle materials from the start. If you’re a regular listener, you’ll remember that we discussed visions for creating a circular economy in the wind sector in our November episode. The topic has generated so much interest, that we’d like to revisit it - this time widening the focus to bring in experience and views from other industries. Helping our Project Engineer, Lorna Bennet, disentangle topics like composite recycling, the more sustainable materials of the future and lifetime extension of industrial assets are two leading experts in sustainability from the Catapult network. - Lucy Edge, Chief Operating Officer of the Satellite Applications Catapult - Graeme Cruickshank, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) which is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult
37 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Episode 18: Subsea Cables - Offshore Wind's Hidden Heroes
In this month’s episode, we'll dive into the hidden world of subsea cables. The UK starts well ahead of the game in the sector with our subsea cables network carrying the world’s highest output of offshore wind power and we are already the world leader in subsea engineering, manufacturing and services for the oil and gas industry. With that being said, offshore wind cables require a surge of technological innovation in the coming years if they are to cope with the scale-up of offshore renewable energy and deeper-water operations required to meet the UK’s ambitious net zero targets. This month's guests include: - Alex Neumann, Asset & Business Development Manager, HV Electrical - Charlotte Strang-Moran, Electrical Engineer - Dan Sumner, Project Development Manager - Ben Moore, Marketing Manager
24 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
Episode 17: ORE Catapult's 2020 Round Up
At the beginning of the year, Analysis and Insights Manager, Tom Qunin wrote a blog that identified five key trends in offshore renewables that he predicted would take off this year. Now as we begin to finish up for Christmas, Tom is joined by Gavin Smart, Head of Analysis and Insights at ORE Catapult, to discuss just how accurate our predictions have been, and what 2021 has in store for offshore renewable energy developments.
41 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
Episode 16: Circular Economy for the Offshore Wind Industry
For having an average lifespan of 20-25 years, many of the world's wind turbines installed in the nineties and early noughties are now reaching the end of their life cycle. This raises the question, what happens to them when they stop working? Whilst they are excellent producers of green energy, challenges arise when it is time for their decommissioning as the size and durable material used during manufacturing are difficult to recycle and reuse. Despite around 80-85% of the weight of an offshore wind turbine being recyclable, turbine blades still represent a significant challenge to the environment that the industry is working hard to find a solution for. In this episode, we hear from experts who are working on projects that look to improve best practices and procedures that are currently in place to ensure these green energy producers remain as green in their end of life. • Michael Forbes, Refurbishment Manager, Renewable Parts • Dr Anne Velenturf, Research Impact Fellow in Circular Economy & Sustainable Offshore Wind Development at the University of Leeds • Steve Ross, Regional Partnership Manager, ORE Catapult • Lorna Bennet, Project Engineer, ORE Catapult
42 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
Episode 15: Exporting Success: International Opportunities for the UK's Offshore Wind Industry
In this month’s podcast, we have a panel of guests who will help us examine the export opportunities that are available for UK businesses operating in offshore renewable energy and offer advice for SMEs looking to expand their presence internationally. Our Panel: - Host: Claire Canning, OWGP Programme Manager -James Battensby, Head of Research and Business Development, ORE Catapult - Bruce Clements, Renewable Sector Specialist, Department for International Trade - Ben Wood, CTO and Founder of Anakata Wind Turbines - David Braendler, CEO of Braendler Engineering
34 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
Episode 14. Offshore Wind and Hydrogen - Solving the Integration Challenge
This month, the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC), Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and RenewableUK organised a joint webinar to discuss the critical work coming out of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal towards delivering green hydrogen from offshore wind, including an in-depth analysis of the Offshore Wind and Hydrogen: Solving the Integration Challenge report. READ THE REPORT: https://tinyurl.com/y6b33ahm For this month's episode, we give you the highlights from an extremely well-attended session with an august panel of policy-makers and technology experts. SPEAKERS Jane Cooper, Head of Stakeholder and Regulatory Affairs, UK, Ørsted, and OWIC Hydrogen Workstream Lead David Wallace, Senior Strategy Manager, Research and Disruptive Innovation, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult Barney Wharton, Director, Future Electricity Systems, RenewableUK Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power Rita Wadey, Deputy Director, Hydrogen Economy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK Government
38 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
Episode 13: Offshore Renewable Energy Opportunities for Wales and the South West
The UK has enough natural resources of offshore renewables to provide all the country’s energy requirements, including transport and heating, with spare for export to Europe. Key to capturing this opportunity will be the development of coastal communities and local UK supply chains for all phases of the project life cycle. At the ORE Catapult, we are at the heart of this energy revolution and growth. We are already working with established UK companies in these regions with a vision to catalyse clusters of activity with world-renowned expertise up and down our coast. Today we are focusing on the opportunities that are available in Wales and the South-West. This month's episode is hosted by Fiona Smyth, Graduate Marketing and Communications Executive for ORE Catapult, and includes the guests: - Chris Williams, Commercial Manager, Bombora Wave Power - Simon Cheeseman, Wave and Tidal Energy Sector Lead, ORE Catapult - Magnus Harrold, Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence Innovation Manager, ORE Catapult
51 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
Episode 12: Harnessing Offshore Renewables to Drive the Green Recovery
In this episode, we widen the focus of our lens to discuss the UK’s green recovery and the opportunity presented by offshore renewables. We bring together leading voices on climate change and renewable energy to discuss the UK’s future green recovery. With ‘Green Recovery’ a hot topic and the country facing years of after-effects from the COVID-19 pandemic, our guests outlined where the opportunities lie for offshore renewable energy – and the action needed to realise them. ORE Catapult's Head of Communications Lee Madigan is joined by an August panel of guests to examine the question from the policy, technology and societal points of view. GUESTS Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, Sector Champion for the Offshore Wind Sector Deal and a non-executive director at ORE Catapult. Melanie Onn, Deputy Chief Executive at RenewableUK and former Member of Parliament for Great Grimsby. Dr Stephen Wyatt, Director of Research and Disruptive Innovation at ORE Catapult and a Board member on Offshore Wind Growth Partnership. Andrew Hodgson, Chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NE LEP) and the Skills Advisory Panel for the North East of England.
15 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
Special Edition: ORE Catapult's 2020 Predictions - Six Months On
At the beginning of the year, our Analysis and Insight Manager, Tom Quinn, wrote a blog titled ‘ORE Catapult’s 2020 Predictions in Offshore Renewable Energy’ that identified five key trends in offshore renewables that he predicted would take off this year. These included: 1. The long-awaited UK energy policy white paper will be published by the Government 2. New market entrants 3. Hydrogen gathers momentum 4. First wind project taking financial investment decision on a merchant basis 5. Data and digital challenges and opportunities Six months on, he is joined by Gavin Smart, Head of Analysis and Insights at ORE Catapult, to discuss just how accurate our predictions have been so far, and what the remainder of 2020 has in store for offshore renewable energy developments. You can read Tom's full blog here: https://ore.catapult.org.uk/blog/ore-catapults-2020-predictions-in-offshore-renewable-energy/
36 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
Special Edition: SPOWTT - Improving the Safety and Productivity of Offshore Wind Technician Transit.
Planning operations and maintenance activity is a challenging task. It can be difficult to predict if sea conditions will allow turbine technician transfer via crew transfer vessels (CTVs) to take place, and often marine operators have a limited source of information for making this decision. This is where the SPOWTT project comes in. SPOWTT – which stands for Safety and Productivity of Offshore Wind Technician Transit - provides a forecasting and monitoring tool to help match future assets to the environmental conditions. The project took a novel approach by using digital technology to create a decision-making tool that allows marine coordinators to make a more informed decision regarding crew transfers. The SPOWTT project has, for the first time, measured in parallel the motion of crew transfer vessels in certain weather conditions and sea states, as well as the psychological and physiological well-being of the technicians onboard. Today, we are joined by: - Andrew Stormonth-Darling | Programme Manager at ORE Catapult - Fiona Earle | Director, Centre for Human Factors, University of Hull - Gijs Struijk | Head of On Board Specialists | Performance at Sea for MARIN - Joana Santos | Internal Project Manager at Siemens Gamesa - George Moore | Business Development Manager at Specialist Marine Consultants Ltd
41 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
Episode 11. Hydrogen and Offshore Wind. A Marriage Made In Heaven?
With the UK now well underway in working towards net-zero by 2050, the way we produce, use and store energy is changing. Our sources of power, heating and transport must decarbonise if we are to achieve the net-zero targets outlined by the Committee on Climate Change, but current methods of offshore renewable energy production cannot achieve this alone. This is where Green Hydrogen comes in. In the latest Re-Energise podcast episode, want to dive head-first into the world of hydrogen to try and understand its place in the ever evolving offshore renewable energy sector. Our experts scope out the future possibilities, reveal key research from ORE Catapult on hydrogen-offshore wind integration and introduce new ground-breaking community projects being launched this year. Gavin Smart joined ORE Catapult in April 2014 and holds the post of Head of Analysis & Insights. He is responsible for developing and maintaining ORE Catapult’s financial and economic modelling, which feeds directly into the organisation’s commercial strategy. He has previously worked as Senior Investment Analyst for a major European utility and offshore wind developer, as well as a Valuation and Business Modelling consultant in the Middle East. David Wallace is ORE Catapult’s Senior Strategy Manager. He is responsible for aligning ORE Catapult's business strategy with its mission to drive technology developments that enable a vibrant offshore renewable energy sector capable of delivering major benefits to the UK economy. He brings a wealth of experience in shaping policy on renewable energy with the UK Government, and at international level, including for the International Energy Agency, and UN agencies. Stephanie Mann is an Innovation Manager at ORE Catapult with a particular interest in novel technologies that could potentially disrupt the renewable energy sector. Prior to joining the Catapult, Stephanie came to the end of a four-year EngD with the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (Idcore), working especially with novel wind in the data science team at E.ON. Kacper Stefaniakis ORE Catapult’s Strategy Analyst responsible for roadmapping activities and supporting development of strategic initiatives that are necessary to meet the UK’s net-zero targets by 2050 (e.g. Milford Haven: Energy Kingdom). He is leading on the industry-wide innovation and policy roadmapping for Offshore Wind Innovation Hub. Prior to joining ORE Catapult, Kacper worked for McKinsey & Company. Angeliki Spyroudi is Strategy Analyst at ORE Catapult who examines industry trends to give strategic insights of the offshore renewable energy market and has produced a variety of studies on cost modelling for novel technologies in the renewable energy space. She has most recently authored the cost analysis section of the final report for 'Solving the Integration Challenge Project'. Angeliki holds and MSc in Environmental Management and an MSc in Renewable Energy Technology. Keep your eyes peeled for the 'Solving the Integration Challenge' that will be produced by ORE Catapult later this month. Visit ore.catapult.org.uk and follow us @ORECatapult
34 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
Special Edition: STEM Engagement
This special episode covers a topic that has a particular resonance during these months of home-schooling due to the COVID-19 lockdown - engaging children in science. Three seasoned campaigners from ORE Catapult’s engineering and disruptive innovation teams talk about their experience of getting into STEM-based occupations and the different ways they are bringing this to local schools, online STEM channels, competitions and much more. They debate questions about the imperative to skill-up our workforce of the future and some good examples of outreach. Guest Biographies Stephanie Mann is Innovation Manager in ORE Catapult’s Research and Disruptive Innovation team. Her project portfolio focusses on identifying and supporting high-potential SMEs with innovations at the cutting edge of offshore renewables, including hydrogen-wind, airborne wind and space applications. She runs her own YouTube channel Science with Steph, which explores the science at the heart of children’s stories and films to bring core principles alive for young people. Lorna Bennet is a Mechanical Engineer working at the core of ORE Catapult’s engineering team. Lorna also leads a variety of STEM engagement and outreach activities to schools around our Scottish project sites. Lorna has an exciting portfolio of design and research work to her name in the wave power, oceanographic research, aerospace, oil and gas and construction industries - a perfect mix for firing young imaginations! Jonathan Hughes is Validation Manager at ORE Catapult’s National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, a world-leading facility for the test and validation of novel technologies and the biggest test projects for leading manufacturers and operators. He specialises in electronic and electrical engineering and has worked at the Blyth facility for more than a decade, during which he has taken his ground-breaking project experience to local schools and colleges in his role as STEM Ambassador.
36 minutes | May 29, 2020
Episode 10. Offshore Wind's Mammoth Tasks
In this episode, we’re focussing upon the truly Mammoth Tasks that are involved in keeping the UK’s offshore wind farms going. We’re talking about inspecting, maintaining and repairing thousands of miles of subsea cables, millions of super-sized bolts and thousands of blades suspended above the ocean waves. This is heavy manual work, often undertaken in extreme conditions - fraught with risks, delays and heavy costs. Please note that due to COVID-19 we are recording episodes remotely which may affect the audio quality in some places. Peter Andrews founded EchoBolt in 2019 after many years managing offshore wind sites for E.ON, most recently the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. EchoBolt provides a range of consultancy and engineering integrity services to the wind industry, including advanced inspection and condition monitoring techniques and data insights that enable optimum installation and maintenance decisions to increase production and reduce costs. He is currently partnering with ORE Catapult on a project to develop and test his novel concept for a handheld device for simplifying inspection of wind turbine bolts. Visit the echobolt.co.uk or follow @EchoBolt on LinkedIn. Chris Cieslak founded BladeBUG in 2014 with a mission to design an advanced robotic solution that could transform blade inspection and maintenance at offshore wind farms, reducing risk and maximising asset lifetimes. Under a grant from Innovate UK, Chris and his team are developing and trialling BladeBUG, a lightweight hexapod robot that can walk directly on wind turbine blades. The robot uses modular tools to scan and conduct preventative maintenance, without exposing human technicians to the harsh offshore conditions. BladeBUG is now on track for commercial production in early 2021. Visit bladebug.co.uk or follow @Bladebuglimited on Twitter and LinkedIn. Saul Matthews is Commercial Director at Glasgow-based technology developer Synaptec, which offers renewable energy providers a unique technology for measuring voltage, current, temperature, and vibration over vast distances, at many locations, without any supporting infrastructure. Before joining Synaptec as Commercial Director, Saul led growth for start-up and established brands in the IT, mobile, unified communications and most recently semi-conductor industries in every major global market. Heather McLarty joined the ORE Catapult in December 2018 as a Project Manager in the Research and Disruptive Innovation team. In her role, she delivers cutting edge technology projects in partnership with a range of technology developers. Before joining ORE Catapult, Heather was a Graduate Engineer at Scottish and Southern Energy Networks.
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