Offshore wind energy - Module 5: Legal, environmental, financial & safety aspects

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Offshore wind energy

Catch the wave of offshore wind & acquire a broad knowledge from a technological and multidisciplinary perspective.

Offshore wind energy has developed rapidly in Belgium & Europe. The industrial scaling is a fact and the production cost is evolving to a cost-competitive source in our energy mix. Belgium is currently the 4th country worldwide in terms of installed capacity, and the best is yet to come.

This course was conceived to offer thorough expertise and operational knowledge of all phases of offshore wind energy. Course attendees will acquire a broad and up-to-date knowledge regarding technology, financing, safety, security, ecology & boundary conditions of offshore wind farms over the entire lifespan.

The course is divided into 6 modules: after a qualitative description in the first module, module 2 provides a technological basis for the wind power production and conversions “from wind to wire”. Modules 3 focuses on structural aspects, in particular offshore foundations . The fourth module covers various aspects with respect to electrical components (such as transformers), testing and validation, weather prediction and resource assessment, etc. Module 5 deals with non-technological topics such as financing, environmental impact and mitigation and legal framework. The last module combines a prospection beyond the horizon into current and future R&D and innovation in offshore wind) and industry cases.

After completion, course participants will have a broad offshore knowledge, both from an international perspective as from the viewpoint of the strengths of the Belgian offshore wind industry and academia. 

The project development requires a wide range of activities preceding the installation, such as project financing, tendering and consenting, environmental impact assessment and mitigation strategies, etc. Furthermore offshore wind energy is developed in a context of international and federal marine spatial planning, energy law (like the grid code) and the wholesale market mechanisms.

  • Introduction & Maritime Law
  • Introduction into (offshore) energy legislation and cross boundary transmission aspects
  • Project financing & development (legal counsil perspective)
  • Project financing & development (lenders perspective)
  • Operational & functional safety (perspective from an asset operator)
  • Belgian offshore wind policy: beyond the horizon
  • Offshore wind farm environmental impacts: promoting the good and mitigating the bad
  • Environmental permit & impact assessment

Teachers: Frank Maes, Frederik Vandendriessche, Angelo Goethals, Marc Vermylen, Thomas Chellingsworth, Bert Derudder, Pascal Geerinck, Peter Van Cauwenberghe, Steven Degraer, Mieke Mathys
Data: 6 & 13 June 2023


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UGain - UGent Academie voor Ingenieurs - Universiteit Gent Technologiepark 60 9052 Zwijnaarde België
06/06/2023 , 20/06/2023
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UGain - UGent Academie voor Ingenieurs - Universiteit Gent
Technologiepark 60, Zwijnaarde