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Peter Lloyd – a thank you for all you have done so far

Posted By Rhys Jones, Head of Technical Affairs, 05 July 2018

“Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don't think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire”

Samuel Johnson


Of the many people we are privileged to work with, I can’t think of anyone for who these words fit better than Peter Lloyd. After a long and illustrious career, June saw the retirement of Peter Lloyd, Head of Centre of Competence for EHS Offshore, Siemens Gamesa. Alongside this demanding job, Peter also found time to Chair RenewableUK’s industry and stakeholder Renewable Energy Emergency Forum as well as support a wider technical programme on health and safety and aviation.

To be an effective trade body we rely on the expertise and time of our members and we have invaluable support from so many people, but Peter deserves a special thank you. What distinguishes Peter is the legacy his work, drive and determination has built. Peter joined Siemens in 2011 and has since worked tirelessly in support of the whole industry. As our industry has grown, Peter has been one of those people thinking ahead and making sure that collectively we have done the necessary thinking and have in place necessary knowledge to address future challenges. For Peter there is probably no such thing as an unknown unknown, only known unknowns that can be planned for.

Peter has played a pivotal role in the production of industry’s Integrated Offshore Emergency Response – Renewables (IOER-R) guidance; the development of Offshore Renewable Aviation Guidance (ORAG), continuous improvement of first aid standards, amongst much else. Peter’s professionalism and contributions greatly assists the industry’s credibility with stakeholders, including regulators such as the Health & Safety Executive and Maritime & Coastguard Agency. Peter’s efforts continue to significantly and positively impact in helping to ensure that working safely is further embedded in the industry culture today, more than ever before.

In 2016 Peter was awarded the inaugural Jerry Carnell Safety Award at RenewableUK’s Health and Safety Awards. Peter was a very worthy first recipient of the award in recognition of his positive contributions to the industry, and set a high benchmark for the judging panel to assess nominees and winners ever since.

Peter has long contributed to preservation of life and prior to joining Siemens in 2011 served as Chief of Staff for the RAF Search and Rescue Force, specialising in the delivery and control of Search and Rescue helicopter operations. The greater part of this service was focused on the search and rescue of those in distress across the UK.

While Peter is retiring from his Siemens Gamesa, and from his chairing roles at RenewableUK, he is not leaving the world of renewable energy completely. He is putting his experience, influence, and energy into volunteering with the Royal National Lifeboat Association on aviation issues, and will be a Visiting Fellow at the University of Hull in its Aura project.  We wish Peter the very best for a long, happy, safe and healthy retirement, confident that in retirement he will remain an active, enthusiastic and dedicated part of our renewables story.

Diolch yn fawr Peter.


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Helping you plan a future career in offshore wind

Posted By Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive, RenewableUK, 31 May 2018


Summer is here, and for RenewableUK that means the final stages of planning for Global Offshore Wind 2018.

This year we are in Manchester, with a show that has been shaken up to keep it fresh and relevant to our industry, and to make sure we reflect all that is happening in offshore wind.

One innovation we have this year is the Ørsted Skills Hub on the 20th June. The Hub will be a shop window for students wanting to understand more about offshore wind and whether it would be a good career option of them. While offshore wind is growing in profile, and careers in green tech and low carbon are in demand, knowing where to start can be a challenge.

The Ørsted Skills Hub is free to attend for students and is aimed at young people choosing A-level subjects, school leavers thinking about degree or apprenticeship options, and college and university students looking at career opportunities after study. Places are limited so if you are interested then register now before the event is full.

All day, we have inspiring talks, exhibits and activities, as well as careers advisers on hand to help you. We will have some of our industry’s rising stars on hand to talk about how they got their career break and give advice, and an opportunity to learn about some of the exciting companies leading the way in offshore wind. 

Offshore wind is a growing industry and a great place to look for well paid, long term jobs that make a difference. The UK is a world leader, and investing heavily in offshore wind as we tackle climate change and build out a new generation of electricity power plants. Other countries are now following our lead, meaning there are opportunities around the world, not just here in the UK.

With a healthy pipeline of offshore wind schemes in development, and with projects typically operating for 25 years, there are good career opportunities out there. Our industry is a growing young sector and needs people with different skills and levels of experience, so is a good option for a wide range of people.

Event Details:

Date & Time: Wednesday 20 June from 10.00 - 16.00

Location: Manchester Central Convention Centre

More information: See our Skills Hub page
 for background event information

Registration: The Skills Hub is free to attend but you need to register in advance to secure your free ticket using the dedicated registration page.

Tags:  #RUKGOW18  careers  Global Offshore Wind 2018  offshore wind  skills 

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Key partners in offshore wind

Posted By Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive, RenewableUK, 26 February 2018

2018 is a critical year for the offshore wind industry. We’re working hard with Government to secure a transformative sector deal which will set a long-term framework for the years of growth ahead. We’re determined to ensure that the UK fully reaps the benefits of its pole position as the largest offshore wind market and the home of a world-beating industry which exports globally.

When the eight projects currently under construction in UK waters go fully operational, we will have installed almost 10GW of offshore wind capacity, maintaining our global lead. In the midst of this delivery, over 2,500 people will be travelling to Manchester in June for the world’s largest offshore wind event, with over 150 exhibitors - Global Offshore Wind 2018.

We’re partnering with five leading companies to deliver this event. I’m very pleased to announce that our Strategic Event Partners for Global Offshore Wind 2018 are Innogy, MHI Vestas, ORE Catapult, ScottishPower Renewables and Statoil. We’re working with them to develop a programme which will maximise opportunities to secure new business and keep delegates ahead of the curve on the latest innovations in our sector, not just on turbine technology and further cost reduction but also on developments in grid and energy systems.

Our industry’s senior figures will meet with politicians, senior Government officials and colleagues to look ahead to our next opportunities. Delegations from Europe, USA, China, Taiwan and other emerging markets will also be there to learn from the UK’s experiences. We’ll be highlighting the supply chain and skills investments being made around our coastline, showing how we’re transforming parts of the country where jobs and investment are needed most.

New features include a Share Fair Stage, highlighting the latest opportunities in global markets, and an Innovation Theatre which gives delegates an opportunity to ask leading industry figures about the latest technology.

Global Offshore Wind 2018 takes place on 19th-20th June at Manchester Central. We’re looking forward to seeing you there. If you have an interest in this dynamic sector, you’ll know already that you can’t afford to miss this event.

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Breakthrough 2017: Reframing Energy Policy

Posted By Luke Clark, 10 January 2018

2017 has indisputably been the year of clean, renewable power. Low carbon overall generated a majority of the UK’s electricity for the first time ever and wind generated more than coal plants on more than 75% of days last year and proved itself as the low cost option for our future power system. September’s auction results showed just how low the costs of mainstream renewable technologies have fallen, with offshore wind – previously seen as the outlier for low carbon technologies – halving costs and coming in cheaper than new nuclear and gas plants at £57.50 per MWh.


The stunning result for offshore wind has helped to reframe the debate about renewables more widely and, in particular, how the UK can take advantage of our cheapest option for new power capacity – onshore wind. Following very difficult years for the sector, we begin 2018 with a new recognition from Government that, as BEIS Minister Claire Perry said in November, “onshore wind is absolutely part of the future”. Industry has much to do to ensure new projects can get to market and RenewableUK is working with our members to make this a reality.


For marine renewables, 2017 brought more mixed results. The Hendry Review concluded that tidal lagoons can deliver a secure supply of energy for a price which is competitive in the long-term. But as the anniversary of the Hendry Review approaches we are still waiting for the Government’s response and a decision to take forward this world-leading project. The wider wave and tidal stream sector is continuing to innovate and bring forward new technologies to deliver the broad range of low carbon technologies we need for our future power mix. Last year the MeyGen project in the Pentland Firth delivered the world’s first commercial scale tidal array and Scotrenewables’s tidal turbine smashed the record for generating one gigawatt hour of power in testing at EMEC in Orkney.


The ambition of the sector isn’t matched, however, by the policy framework. Government is starting to recognise the need for new ways to support innovative technologies and Energy Minister Richard Harrington has said that Government is examining industry’s Innovation Power Purchase Agreement proposal. We know that the sector needs a robust evidence base and in the coming months, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and RenewableUK are producing a new study on the potential for cost reduction, UK exports and cuts in emissions from the marine renewables.


Innovation in 2017 wasn’t confined to wave and tidal energy; October saw Statoil and Masdar’s Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating offshore wind farm, beginning to deliver electricity to the grid, and in May the world’s largest turbines, the MHI Vestas V164-8.0MW, started turning at Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension. The Queen’s visit to the Siemens Gamesa blade factory in Hull last November was a powerful signal of how renewables, and the UK industries we have built up, are now a part of the new energy mainstream.


In 2018, we want to go further still in building an energy system fit for the future – and the UK supply chains to deliver it. The consultation on our Smart Power Future and the launch of the £246 million Faraday Challenge to support innovation in batteries and storage were clear signals that the Government recognises the direction of travel for our power system. Last year RenewableUK joined forces with a range of energy bodies to launch the Smart Power Industries Alliance to look beyond individual technologies and take a whole system view of a renewables-dominated power mix.


We ended 2017 with new projections from Government that underline the move to a low carbon mix with renewables as the main source of energy. Just as 2017 marked the crossover point where we proved our case on costs, so 2018 will mark the moment we begin to reshape the power system to seize fully the opportunities of a clean energy future: reduced electricity bills, secure power supplies and more productive industries and high-value jobs across the UK.

Tags:  CfD  Innovation  Offshore Wind  Onshore Wind  Smart Energy  Tidal  Wave 

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Deeper Waters Require Deeper Insight

Posted By Maf Smith, 09 November 2017

The world of floating offshore is moving very fast. Only last month Nicola Sturgeon was in the air above the Hywind Scotland wind farm, tweeting to her thousands of followers about this world first for Scotland.

She was there as the guest of Statoil and Masdar, our event partners in Floating Offshore Wind UK 2017, or #FOWUK17 for short. #FOWUK17 is the UK’s first event dedicated to floating offshore wind and is happening next week in Glasgow.

As Statoil and Masdar have shown, floating wind has come of age. Through being there at the beginning, the UK has the opportunity to benefit as a worldwide market opens up. Floating offshore wind brings into play areas of the sea unsuitable for fixed offshore wind farms. It also offers new supply chain opportunities for companies active in the oil and gas sector.

This week industry is celebrating its achievements as part of Offshore Wind Week. At events in the Westminster and Scottish Parliaments we have been celebrating the supply chain and apprentice success stories which are spread around our coastline. Next week we will follow that up with a discussion on the next generation of offshore wind.

With the cost of fixed offshore wind falling rapidly, floating now stands at a critical point. It can benefit from the rapid developments in turbine technology and experience of construction and O&M from fixed offshore wind. Floating wind also offers the opportunity for onshore construction, and use of cheaper vessels which will help drive down cost. Most critical, by moving further offshore, we can tap into a larger resource. 80% of Europe’s usable offshore wind resource is out at water depths greater than 60 metres. That resource would be enough to support up to 4,000GW of floating offshore. In the US and Asia the bulk of the resource is also out in deep waters so the possible market is vast.

If the UK is to develop expertise in floating offshore we must push on quickly. Following on from Hywind Scotland, focus turns to the Kincardine and Dounreay Tri projects. Both of these have plans for significant involvement of Scottish expertise, with ports and yards around the Scottish coastline expected to benefit from manufacture, assembly, construction and operation. These projects are not alone though, with developers now active in France, Portugal, the USA and Japan.

The UK has traditionally excelled in learning at home and then selling this expertise abroad. Developing a successful floating wind sector in the UK will not likely lead to UK yards being busy constructing spars or platforms for far off wind farms, but will mean that it is UK engineers designing, installing and operating these sites. If you think this vision is far-fetched then look to oil and gas which has the blueprint for how this is done. Then cross-check who is leading effort in floating offshore wind? You’ll see that floating offshore is the crossover point for much of the oil and gas supply chain looking to move into renewables.

The next year will be a critical time for floating offshore wind. We need the backing of Government so that early learning is not lost, but used to embed expertise within UK companies and suppliers. Then as offshore continues its growth around the world, countries will look to the UK for expertise on how we deploy this cutting-edge technology. At that point, turbines will be installed using a range of foundations and platform types suitable for deployment in different locations across the globe and floating offshore wind will have come of age. And for the UK it means we maintain our lead in offshore wind, and our competitive edge around the world.

Sounds good right? If you’re interested in being part of this global movement then you should join us in Glasgow to talk floating offshore wind at #FOWUK17.


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Tags:  Floating Offshore Wind #FOWU17 #OWW17 

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