Join us for an insightful event, “The Road to an Offshore Wind Strategy,” where we delve into the dynamic world of wind energy and its pivotal role in the global energy transition. Designed for energy professionals and enthusiasts alike, this event offers a unique opportunity to explore key facets of offshore wind energy.

Our programme begins with the vital role of wind energy in driving the energy transition. Discover how wind power is spearheading the shift towards cleaner, sustainable energy sources and why it’s the linchpin of our future energy landscape. We’ll also delve into the latest technological advancements propelling the offshore wind sector forward. From innovative turbine designs to cutting-edge materials and grid integration solutions, we’ll uncover how technology is shaping the future of offshore wind energy.

Further into the programme, we’ll tackle the intricacies of system integration, examining the delicate balance required to meet diverse energy demands while harnessing the full potential of offshore wind. Finally, we’ll discuss the often overlooked but critical aspect of decommissioning offshore wind turbines, shedding light on sustainable practices and their environmental implications.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting your wind energy journey, this event promises to enrich your understanding and inspire your vision for a greener, more sustainable future.

The programme is in cooperation with:

How you benefit

  • Gain valuable insights from industry experts on the role of wind energy in the energy transition and stay updated on the latest technological advancements in offshore wind
  • Connect with fellow energy professionals, experts, and enthusiasts that can lead to collaborations, partnerships, and career opportunities in the expanding offshore wind sector.
  • Deepen your understanding of system integration challenges and solutions, enabling you to contribute to more efficient, sustainable energy strategies and projects.
  • Develop a holistic understanding of offshore wind, including insights into the often-overlooked aspect of decommissioning, equipping you to make informed decisions and drive positive change in the renewable energy landscape.

The experts

Bernard HeikemaMechanical Engineering Teacher at the Hanze University of Applied Science

Bernard Heikema is a Mechanical Engineering teacher at the Hanze University of Applied Science with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (graduated in 1991) and a master’s degree in Renewable Energy systems (graduated in 2023). He is an accomplished teacher, coach, and educational program developer, and enjoys using his skills to help young professionals improve their technical competencies and make them aware of the sustainability goals we are facing.

Dr. J.G. (Gerard) SchepersSenior Scientist Specialist at TNO Energy Transition/Professor Wind Energy at Hanze University of Applied Science

Gerard Schepers joined TNO Energy and Material Transition  (the former Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)) in 1986  after having finished his Masters study on Aero Space Engineering at the Technical University of Delft. Since then he has been working on the field of wind energy both as a researcher but also as coordinator of several large national and international wind energy R&D projects. The emphasis of his activities lied on rotor and wake aerodynamics, aero-acoustics and validation of design tools. In 2012 he completed a PhD at the Technical University of Delft based on the research he did in the 25 years before.

Since 2012 he is also part-time professor (lector) on Wind Energy, first at NHL University of Applied Sciences but since 2019 at Hanze University of Applied Science.

Finally he has been, and he still is, a (guest) lecturer in wind energy courses at several universities in the Netherlands and abroad.

Mark de la Vieter key lecturer Energy Systems

Ir. Drs. Mark de la VieterManager System Integration @ New Energy Coalition

Mark de la Vieter has a background in Chemistry and Business Administration and is manager of team System Integration at New Energy Coalition. Mark is an expert in the field of smart grids and the development of integrated business cases for sustainable energy systems. He also has extensive experience as a developer and manager of complex Horizon 2020 projects.

Expertise: Offshore high voltage grids, Energy storage, Project financing, Business cases, Horizon 2020, Energy markets, Demand response

Bert Stuij, senior expert New Energy Business School

Bert StuijSenior Expert

Bert Stuij (MSc.) is Senior Expert at our Business School and Manager National Programmes/Energy at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO, a government institution. Stuij works on our programme development and education with a specific focus on energy transition. At RVO, Stuij is responsible for renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy innovation policy. In 2022 he takes part in the Expert Team Energy Systems 2050 of the ministry of Climate and Energy of the Dutch National Government. Previously Stuij worked in the private sector for Shell and at various semi-private institutions (Novem) and government agencies (SenterNovem, AgentschapNL).

  • Date November 30, 2023 12:00 - 18:30
  • Location EnTranCe Building, Zernike Campus, Zernikelaan 17, 9747 AA Groningen