Repowering Onshore Wind Seminar Programme


Registration & Networking Lunch


Decommissioning - economic opportunities for Scotland

By 2050, forecasts predict 5,500 turbines will be decommissioned in Scotland, generating more than a million tonnes of materials. At least 85% of a wind turbine can be recycled, creating a unique opportunity to build a supply chain specialising in repowering, refurbishment and reuse of industrial components.

We're standing on the edge of one of the greatest circular economy opportunities the UK has ever seen - so how do we find the long-term, scalable solution which will continue to help Scottish companies to grow economic opportunities created by the end-of-life of a wind farm?

In this session, you'll learn:

  • The economic opportunities onshore wind decommissioning in Scotland offers
  • The end-of-life options for an onshore wind farm and what we can learn from abroad
  • The opportunities available to new entrants and existing firms in Scotland's remanufacturing sector
  • The solutions and processes for recycling wind turbine blades at scale - what industry needs to do if its to deal with 16,500+ by 2050

Finley Becks-Phelps, UK Development Director, Fred. Olsen Renewables

Dr Charlotte Stamper, Energy Infrastructure Lead, European Metal Recycling
Carol Sheath, Engineering Programme Manager, Renewable Parts
Roger Salomone, Head of Public Affairs UK & Ireland, Vestas
Hiba Ayaz, Asset Lifecycle Engineering Lead, SSE Renewables  
Euan Hogg, Development Project Manager, RES


Networking Break


Repowering - from generation to generation

Without repowering, over half of Scotland's onshore wind capacity could disappear by 2040. And while policymakers and the public back bringing end-of-life sites back to life, there remain many hurdles to overcome.

Inflationary costs, access to a mature Contracts for Difference (CfD) and shifting attitudes to taller turbines all stand as barriers - but with older machines on the best early sites ready to make way for multi-GW generators, there's much to play for.

So how does industry ensure there is a policy environment which enables repowering and life extension - and how do we capitalise on that to make new and existing wind farms work for Scotland?

In this session, you'll learn:

  • The benefits of diversifying revenue streams through the effective replanting of replacement projects
  • Gaining the advantages of hybrid operation of co-located sites
  • What market mechanisms and CfD need to do to support repowering and life extension
  • What must be done to unlock the planning issues facing full and partial repowering and life extension

Craig Whelton, Consenting Lawyer, Burges Salmon

Paul Cantwell, Head of Net-Zero Programmes, National Manufacturing Institute Scotland
Neil Marshall, Advisory Lead - Onshore Wind, Natural Power
Helen Thrasher, Head of Technical, Fred. Olsen Renewables
Fraser Gillies, Managing Partner, Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie

Closing Remarks
Mark Richardson, Senior Policy Manager - Onshore Wind & Consenting, Scottish Renewables


Event Close

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