Speaker Beurskens - EnergyDays - 19 March 2015

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Dr.ir. Jos Beurskens


SET Analysis,former reserach leader wind energy at ECN

Offshore wind: technical, implementation and policy challenges

During the presentation the key R&D and implementation issues will be addressed covering the entire value chain, from project development, project design to sub system design and grid integration. The selection of issues is based on the technical and physical differences between wind energy on land and offshore. The technical issues include external conditions, dedicated offshore wind turbines, wind farm design and control, support structures, transport & installation, operation & maintenance and grid connection & grid integration.
Also non technical aspects will briefly be discussed, like the energy potential of offshore wind, end of life solutions and ecological impacts.
As so many aspects will be addressed, the presentation will have a review character and will be addressing only the most important issues in developing offshore wind farms. 

Jos Beurskens headed the Renewable Energy and Wind Energy Units of the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) from 1989 to 2005 and was a scientific advisor at ECN from 2005 to 2012. At present he has his own consultancy SET Analysis. He is the scientific director of the "We@Sea" Foundation, which focuses on offshore wind energy research and transfer of knowledge.

He started his career as a scientist/engineer developing and implementing wind energy systems for water supply in developing countries. Throughout his career, Dr. Beurskens has been extensively involved with various industry associations involved in renewable energy. He was a founding member of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). He was the founder of the International Meeting of Test Stations (IMTS),co-founder of the European Academy of Wind Energy (EAWE) and the European Renewable Energy Centres Agency (EUREC). He has chaired the Executive Committee of the Wind Energy programme of the International Energy Association (IEA) and has been retained as an advisor to the European Commission and several national governments on R&D programmes in the field of wind energy.

He is chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of ForWind (joint wind energy research institute of the universities of Oldenburg, Bremen and Hannover, Germany) and a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst, Germany.  Dr. Beurskens serves on the Steering Committee of the European Wind Energy Technology Platform and is chairman of WG Wind Power Systems. Beurskens is also attached as an idvisor to the Dutch industry association Holland House of Wind Energy, HHWE.
Dr. Beurskens received the honour of Wind Energy Pioneer of the British Wind Energy Association. In 2008 he was awarded with the Poul la Cour’s prize, which was presented to him by Mr. Janez Potočnik, EU Commissioner for Science and Research. In November 2009 Mr. Beurskens received a Honorary Doctor’s Degree at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, for his work on initiating European research in the field of wind energy.

Besides numerous publications, contributions to books and invited presentations at conferences, Dr. Beurskens was the editor and co-author of the book Converting Offshore Wind electricity into Electricity; the Netherlands’ contribution to offshore wind energy knowledge. We@Sea research programme 2004-2010. Further he was a co-author of two recently published books:
A. Schaffarczyck (Hrsg.) c.s., Einführung in die Windenergietechnik, (Carl Hanser Verlag München, 2012).
G. Crawley (Ed.), The World Scientific Handbook of Energy, World Scientific Series in Materials and Energy, (World Scientific Publishing Co., London (GB), Hackensack (NJ, USA), 2013).

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