One of the key aims of the project has always been to promote and disseminate the outputs and successes that we have achieved but it was also very important to stress the need for further investment in research in this field to continue so that even more advancements and improvements can be created to bring down the cost of offshore wind energy even further.
To facilitate this we arranged a prestigious event, held at the Royal Academy of Engineering, and invited a wide variety of people representing policy makers, research funders, industries and other key stakeholders. After a welcome and introduction from our industrial Principal Investigator, Dr Arwyn Thomas of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, we heard from Professor Peter Tavner, our Advisory Board Chair, and from Andrew Elmes (SGRE) on their observations around the current offshore wind energy landscape and future priorities. Our four Work Package Leaders gave presentations highlighting the successes and outcomes of the research we have undertaken which were followed by a ‘Show and Tell’ exhibition session where some of our PhD Students and Post-doctoral Research Associates demonstrated and explained some of the innovations in more detail.
Finally, alongside a drinks reception, the event was wrapped up by Benj Sykes (Ørsted) and Clark MacFarlane (SGRE) giving an executive summary on the future of offshore wind from their perspectives.
At the event, alongside project members, the following organisations were represented: UKRI, EPSRC, BEIS, The Crown Estate, Renewable UK, Garrad Balfour and Tula Technology.