Welcome Session

  • Simon Sharpe

    COP26 Deputy Director for Policy

    Simon Sharpe is Deputy Director for Policy Campaigns in the COP26 Unit of the UK Government Cabinet Office.  Before this, he was head of international climate change strategy at the department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.  He previously served in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with postings in China and India, and led on climate change strategy in the run-up to the Paris Agreement.  He has also served as head of private office to Ministers of State for Energy and Climate Change, and led the work on clean growth in the UK's Industrial Strategy.  He recently produced a report on 'Accelerating the Low Carbon Transition: the case for stronger, more targeted and coordinated international action' together with the academics David Victor and Frank Geels, supported by the Energy Transitions Commission.  Simon has published academic papers on climate change science and economics, and is an honorary lecturer at the Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London.

  • Richard Holland

    SSE - Headline sponsor

    Rich is a Geographer by virtue of his first degree – an educational choice based on his craving to work in the outdoors as opposed to any burning desire to become a master of the subject.  After a year or so spent in India and Nepal post graduation he undertook an Engineering Geology MSc at Newcastle University, graduating in 2009. Since graduation Rich has worked solely in the offshore renewables industry, initially focusing on early stage, desk based, offshore wind farm site geological and geotechnical assessments and later completing geotechnical and geophysical site surveys. In this role, Rich acted as Client Representative for a number of offshore wind developers where he gained significant experience and appreciation of the challenges faced by such companies.

     In early 2019 Rich moved to SSE Renewables where he now works as a Geotechnical Engineer in the Structural and Geotechnical Engineering team.  His principle role here is to ensure all project specific ground risk is appropriately identified and that the process of risk management is optimised and, crucially, qualified.

  • Jen Morris

    Chair of futureWind&Marine 2021

    Jen is a member of the 2018 cohort of the Wind & Marine Energy Systems CDT. She has an MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and her current research focuses on the control of power electronics for integration of renewable energy and HVDC links into weak ac grids.


Parallel Session 1A - Power electronics and sensors

  • Anthony Kinsella

    Scottish Power Renewables - session sponsors

    Anthony is the Prospective Technology Manager for ScottishPower Renewables and has been leading in the integration of new technologies in to SPRs existing renewables fleet for the past 3 years with the aim of enabling a high renewables, zero carbon energy system in the future.   

  • Mathieu Kervyn de Meerendre

    Unversity of Strathclyde

    PhD - Control of converters connected to variable SCR grids

    Mathieu received an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath in 2014. Prior to joining the CDT Mathieu spent two years in the offshore energy sector working in a variety of roles surrounding subsea engineering installation, vessel operations and project management. His research interests centre around the integration of renewable energies into weak grids using impedance estimation techniques and novel adaptive control. Mathieu is particularly interested in translating novel concepts into hardware validation, using his 2 kW rig in the power electronics laboratory.

  • Marilou Jourdain de Thieulloy

    University of Edinburgh

    PhD - Assessment of converging arrays of Single-Beam Acoustic Doppler Profilers for large scale high resolution measurements of flow velocity

    Marilou received a M.Eng in Electronic engineering at the École Nationale Supérieure de l'Électronique et de ses Applications (FR) and a MengSc in Sustainable energy at the University College of Cork (IE) as part a double degree programme. Her Master thesis was undertaken at Systèmes et Applications des Technologies de l'Information et de l'Energie (FR) on the flicker generated by a wave farm.  Marilou joined the CDT just after graduating in 2017 to pursue her passion for offshore renewable energies. Her research focuses on converging acoustic Doppler profiler systems for large-scale non-obtrusive 3-D velocity sensing applications such as tidal turbines development.

  • Marlee Basurto

    University of Edinburgh

    PhD -  Application of Wide-Band Gap power semiconductors in wind energy power converters

    Marlee received a BSc and MSc in Electrical engineering from the University Carlos III of Madrid. She worked as power electronics engineer in the railway sector. Currently she is researching the advantages/disadvantages of implementing a relative new control technique for SiC-MOSFET power modules applied to MW wind turbine converters. Part of her project involves the design, assembling and commissioning of a 90kVA test bench, based on SiC-MOSFET and Si-IGBT power modules.  


Parallel Session 1B - Mechanics & materials

  • Kinan Bezem

    University of Strathclyde

    PhD - Computational Modelling of Blade Erosion: A coupled Peridynamic and Discrete Element Method Approach.

    Kinan's research interests focus on the development of novel techniques for modelling erosion.

  • Adam Harris

    University of Edinburgh

    PhD - Magnetic gearing for marine renewable energy

    Adam is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, looking at the use of magnetic gearing for marine energy. After completing an integrated master’s in mechanical engineering at Strathclyde University, where Adam’s final year project focused on renewable energy, he joined the Wind and Marine Energy Centre for Doctoral Training.  Funded by the Centre Adam began his PhD in 2018 at the University of Edinburgh. He is also the current INORE finance manager helping to give networking opportunities to fellow early-stage researchers in offshore renewable energy. Outside of work you can find him happily running, cycling or climbing in the mountains somewhere.

  • James Stirling

    University of Strathclyde

    PhD - Modelling of wind turbine main bearings

    James graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2016 with a 1st class Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then completed a placement with an Engineering firm in Perth, Western Australia before returning to the UK to pursue a PhD at the Wind and Marine Energy Systems CDT in 2017. His main research focus seeks to determine the effects of complex wind and rotor interactions on wind turbine main bearings. He has developed multiple models throughout his PhD with varying levels of fidelity and will be presenting some of these models along with his findings at futureWind&Marine 2021.

  • Speaker

    Willis Towers Watson - Session sponsor



Parallel Session 2A - Planning & forecasting

  • Beate Hildenbrand

    G+ - Session sponsor

    Beate Hildenbrand is the Manager of Off/Onshore Wind at the Energy Institute (EI) and supports the G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation deliver their work programme. Beate joined the EI in 2010 as Technical Manager for Environment and Health. In this role she managed the environment and health technical programmes at the EI and worked with the various Committees on issues relevant to the energy industry. She took on the position of Manager Offshore Wind in 2018.

  • Rebecca Hall

    University of Strathclyde

    PhD - Assessing the cumulative displacement of seabirds from offshore windfarms in UK waters

    Rebecca received a BSc (Hons) in Ecology and MSc in Renewable Energy from the University of Hull. Prior to joining the CDT, she worked as a consultant environmental scientist in the energy sector. Her main research interest focusses on the interactions between offshore windfarms and the biological environment. Rebecca currently works at the Joint Nature Conservation Committee advising developers and governments on anthropogenic impacts to seabirds.

  • Leo May

    University of Strathclyde

    PhD - Forecasting Instantaneous Wind Power Statistics Day Ahead for Grid Frequency Control Applications

    Leo Received a MEng in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Liverpool with a specialism in computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Leo worked both in airborne wind energy and urban wind simulation before joining the CDT. His research is now focused on wind power forecasting techniques to enable new wind energy deployment strategies in high renewable energy scenarios.


Parallel Session 2B - Electrical system design

  • Dr. Arwyn Thomas

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy - Session sponsor

    Dr Arwyn Thomas is SGRE’s Head of Generator Technology Development, leading the development of direct drive permanent magnet wind power generators at the S2GRE centre at Sheffield. His team is the global design authority for permanent magnet generators, which is a key differentiating technology for SGRE’s Offshore Windturbine platforms

  • Peter Taylor

    University of Strathclyde

    PhD - Holistic layout optimisation of the electrical infrastructure in GW-scale offshore wind farms

    Peter received an M.Eng. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Loughborough University, UK, in 2016. Since 2017 he has been a PhD student with the Wind & Marine Energy Systems Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Strathclyde, UK. His PhD is a research project within the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s (OREC) Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub (EIRH). His research interests include: offshore wind farm optimisation, and energy storage and its effective control for renewable energy systems integration.

  • Paul Pirrie

    University of Strathclyde

    PhD - Design, modelling and control of electrical infrastructure for multi-rotor wind turbines for grid integration

    Paul holds a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering from the University of Aberdeen. Paul worked as a mechanical design engineer in the oil and gas sector before transitioning to renewable energy and joining the CDT in 2017. His PhD research focuses on the electrical systems for multi-rotor wind turbines and includes determining the most suitable electrical system, modelling the electrical system, and developing control techniques to enable enhanced grid integration. Paul is currently the co-secretary of the International Network On Renewable Energy (INORE) committee.

Debate Session

  • Dr. Shona Pennock

    Chair - University of Edinburgh

    Shona Pennock is a Research Associate in Marine Energy at the Policy and Innovation Group, University of Edinburgh. She has a PhD in power system investment modelling from The Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind Energy Systems at the University of Strathclyde. Her current research focuses on the techo-economic and environmental impacts associated with innovative developments in offshore renewables. She is particularly interested in the potential benefits associated with deploying marine energy as part of the wider electricity mix in future net-zero energy systems.

  • Neil Douglas

    Debate sponsor - BVG Associates

    Neil joined the management team of BVG Associates as a Director in the spring of 2017 and heads up our business in Scotland, with a focus on providing strategic advisory services to wind energy industry. Much of the work that Neil leads within BVG Associates is focussed on the globalisation of offshore wind.

    He has over 25 years of experience in renewables, with specific expertise in the design, development and operational management of wind energy projects, including asset management strategy, performance engineering, technical due diligence and risk analysis for onshore and offshore wind farms. He also has extensive knowledge of asset management systems and technology, wind lidar and wind resource analysis.

    Neil joined BVG Associates after more than two decades with Natural Power and holds a Masters in Energy Systems and the Environment from the University of Strathclyde.

  • Sally Shenton

    Panellist - Generating Better

    Sally Shenton has 29 years of experience in the power generation sector.  She is an experienced offshore windfarm operator and developed a “hands on ownership” strategy for E.ON which was applied first at the Robin Rigg offshore windfarm.  Sally has since founded Generating Better and supports the development and delivery of excellence in offshore wind O&M advising on strategy, operational set-up and supporting projects the operational phase and works across the industry to share knowledge and best practice.

  • Prof. Peter Strachan

    Panellist - Robert Gordon University

    Professor Peter Strachan has worked at the Robert Gordon University for nearly 30 years. His research interests cover theoretical and public policy aspects of energy transition, and in moving the world to all-purpose 100% renewable energy.  In supporting this work, he has received funding from the United Kingdom (UK) Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Innovate UK.  Recently published articles focus on UK sub-national government and pathways to sustainable energy, corporate and community ownership models, and the performance of UK offshore windfarms.  This work has been published in prestigious peer reviewed journals such as Energy Research and Social Science, Energy Policy, Environment and Planning C, Regional Studies, Sustainable Development, and Utilities Policy.  Passionate about research and teaching he has supervised to completion 19 doctoral students and has contributed to the Aberdeen Business School BA(Hons) International Business Management, MSc Energy Management, and MBA Oil and Gas Programmes.

  • Jillian Henderson

    Panellist - Wave Energy Scotland

    Jillian is a Research Engineer at Wave Energy Scotland (WES), who are driving the search for innovative solutions to the technical challenges facing the wave energy sector. Jillian focuses on structured innovation; bringing a structured approach to generating new concepts and developing wave energy technology. Critical to this work is the definition of metrics to measure success of wave energy technology. She has a background of research and development in new and emerging technologies including developing a fridge to run off-grid in developing countries. Jillian joined WES in 2017 and holds a Masters in New and Renewable Energy from Durham University.