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