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Volume 4 - October 2009


POWER cluster
Developing the North Sea Offshore Wind POWER Cluster

This is the 4th volume of the POWER cluster project newsletter featuring information about project progress, deliverables and network events.
 
Source: POWER clusterDrawing on the achievements made in its predecessor POWER, the POWER cluster project concentrates its activities on some main challenges of the offshore wind energy development in the North Sea Region: Social Acceptance, Business Cooperation and Skills Development.  



 

Source:
POWER cluster
 
The POWER cluster partners are glad to keep you updated on offshore wind energy issues in general and on POWER cluster activities and outcomes via the project website and newsletter.
 
The POWER cluster project is supported by the North Sea Region (NSR) Interreg IVB Programme.

Volume 4 - October 2009


POWER cluster
Developing the North Sea Offshore Wind POWER Cluster

This is the 4th volume of the POWER cluster project newsletter featuring information about project progress, deliverables and network events.
 
Source: POWER clusterDrawing on the achievements made in its predecessor POWER, the POWER cluster project concentrates its activities on some main challenges of the offshore wind energy development in the North Sea Region: Social Acceptance, Business Cooperation and Skills Development.  



 

Source:
POWER cluster
 
The POWER cluster partners are glad to keep you updated on offshore wind energy issues in general and on POWER cluster activities and outcomes via the project website and newsletter.
 
The POWER cluster project is supported by the North Sea Region (NSR) Interreg IVB Programme.
Don’t miss OBMC 2009

The POWER cluster supported Offshore Business Meeting and Conference (OBMC) will address key challenges of the international offshore wind industry and offers excellent opportunities to expand your business network. OBMC takes place in Husum, Germany, and in Esbjerg, Denmark, on November 16-17.

The event is coordinated jointly by Offshore Center Danmark and windcomm schleswig-holstein and will take place on two days in November 2009:

• November 16: Conference in Husum, Germany
• November 17: Business2Business Meetings at Hotel Britannia in Esbjerg, Denmark

The conference programme can be downloaded here
The B2B programme can be downloaded here

POWER cluster partner profile

A regular feature of the POWER cluster newsletters is a short introduction to partners and regions involved in the POWER cluster project. In this 4th volume of the newsletter the three Danish project partners; Aalborg University, Offshore Center Danmark and South Denmark European Office are portrayed. Click on the project partner names to read more.

A regular feature of the POWER cluster newsletters is a short introduction to partners and regions involved in the POWER cluster project. In this 4th volume of the newsletter the three Danish project partners; Aalborg University, Offshore Center Danmark and South Denmark European Office are portrayed. Click on the project partner names to read more.

23.000 visit POWER cluster OWE exhibition

From June to September 2009 more than 23.000 people visited the POWER cluster offshore wind energy exhibition installed on the museum ship Greundiek.

 

Source: German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation: Fascination Offshore Exhibition.

Since end June the interactive show has been touring to different harbours on the German North Sea cost providing answers to all sorts of questions related to energy generation from offshore wind.

A variety of interactive exhibits and audiovisual elements as well as models of offshore wind energy equipment adds to the attractiveness of the exhibition.

Feedback from locals, tourists, politicians and media visiting the exhibition has been overwhelmingly positive laying a solid ground for the envisaged continuation of the tour to Danish and German harbours in the summer of 2010 and 2011.

The exhibition, organised by the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation, is partly financed by the Interreg IVB North Sea Programme of the EU and partly by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

From June to September 2009 more than 23.000 people visited the POWER cluster offshore wind energy exhibition installed on the museum ship Greundiek.

 

Source: German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation: Fascination Offshore Exhibition.

Since end June the interactive show has been touring to different harbours on the German North Sea cost providing answers to all sorts of questions related to energy generation from offshore wind.

A variety of interactive exhibits and audiovisual elements as well as models of offshore wind energy equipment adds to the attractiveness of the exhibition.

Feedback from locals, tourists, politicians and media visiting the exhibition has been overwhelmingly positive laying a solid ground for the envisaged continuation of the tour to Danish and German harbours in the summer of 2010 and 2011.

The exhibition, organised by the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation, is partly financed by the Interreg IVB North Sea Programme of the EU and partly by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

POWER cluster takes centre stage...

All-Energy has always taken pride in setting out and delivering against a leading edge agenda. 2010 will be no different as one of the Keynote sessions for the All Energy Exhibition and Conference 2010 will present a report back at the Mid Term of POWER cluster.

For busy people, with busy diaries, the opportunity to share common themes at a common location is a match made in heaven. POWER cluster will present their work on public awareness, sharing good operational practice between oil and gas and offshore wind, skills development and networking. And being embedded as a core element of All-Energy 2010, it supports the primary business driver of any such event; turning "Contacts to Contracts".

Direct industry involvement is essential to achieve the objectives of the project. Learning from the oil and gas industry is seen as a critical commercial advantage in a global industry. POWER cluster will be participating in the inaugural "Contacts to Contracts" forum allowing All-Energy delegates to pre-book specific strategic meetings with European businesses colleagues. This will support the offshore wind industry and contribute to developing a strong business focused offshore wind energy cluster around the North Sea.

We will keep you posted about the POWER cluster mid-term conference!

All-Energy has always taken pride in setting out and delivering against a leading edge agenda. 2010 will be no different as one of the Keynote sessions for the All Energy Exhibition and Conference 2010 will present a report back at the Mid Term of POWER cluster.

For busy people, with busy diaries, the opportunity to share common themes at a common location is a match made in heaven. POWER cluster will present their work on public awareness, sharing good operational practice between oil and gas and offshore wind, skills development and networking. And being embedded as a core element of All-Energy 2010, it supports the primary business driver of any such event; turning "Contacts to Contracts".

Direct industry involvement is essential to achieve the objectives of the project. Learning from the oil and gas industry is seen as a critical commercial advantage in a global industry. POWER cluster will be participating in the inaugural "Contacts to Contracts" forum allowing All-Energy delegates to pre-book specific strategic meetings with European businesses colleagues. This will support the offshore wind industry and contribute to developing a strong business focused offshore wind energy cluster around the North Sea.

We will keep you posted about the POWER cluster mid-term conference!

Global Challenges, European Responses ...

So the slogan for the tenth edition of OPEN DAYS in Brussels where POWER cluster displayed key project objectives and achievements at the East of England Exhibition stand placed at the central “welcome and registration” point on the esplanade of the Berlaymont Building. Read more

Source: POWER cluster: Prominent visitors at the OPEN DAYS registration point – among them European Commissioner for Energy Andris Piebalgs and President of the Committee of the Regions Luc van den Brande (UR+DL)

So the slogan for the tenth edition of OPEN DAYS in Brussels where POWER cluster displayed key project objectives and achievements at the East of England Exhibition stand placed at the central “welcome and registration” point on the esplanade of the Berlaymont Building. Read more

Source: POWER cluster: Prominent visitors at the OPEN DAYS registration point – among them European Commissioner for Energy Andris Piebalgs and President of the Committee of the Regions Luc van den Brande (UR+DL)

New POWER cluster work package leader

As of September 2009, project manager David Wood from Suffolk County Council, took on the task of leading the POWER cluster project’s work package concerned with offshore wind business development in the North Sea Region. David Wood gives us an update about his first 30 days “in office” and the latest developments in his business work package.

My first 30 days

This will be my third European project having previously worked on both ANSWER and Cradle to Cradle. In my capacity as project manager I am delighted to be working closely with EEEGR and I am looking forward to building on an excellent transnational POWER cluster meeting held in Sweden in connection to the EOW 2009 conference.

I was appointed project manager for POWER cluster September 1 2009. 75% of my time is dedicated to POWER cluster the remaining 25% involves helping develop and understand the wider energy sector in Suffolk.

I have learnt that there is some excellent collaborative work taking place between the partners in POWER cluster. However the challenge is building on this without spending most of the time travelling. Although with great challenge comes great opportunity: the chance to embrace new technology like telephone and video conference facilities which are available to us.

I feel that in the current economic climate there is a real opportunity for us to support businesses. At the heart of this I believe the people working on POWER cluster have the personality, persistence and knowledge to ensure we succeed.

WP2 "Business" update

Turning contacts into contracts

Business to Business (B2B)
This activity deals more with actually getting businesses together to form relationships, create new contracts and support the supply chain. The next business to business networking event takes place November 17 2009 in Esbjerg, Denmark. For more information click here.

Cluster mapping
A cluster map for the North Sea region is being developed and a roll out strategy was agreed at the last WP2 meeting. The cluster mapping provides the location of companies involved in offshore wind across Europe and the area(s) of the supply chain they occupy. The updated industry classification report underpins Mapergy by providing a common framework for classifying businesses. Further information will be coming soon so keep an eye out on the POWER cluster website.

Overcoming challenges for the offshore wind industry
This activity funds a study entitled: Overcoming challenges for the offshore wind industry and learning from the oil and gas industry. It is imperative for offshore wind to learn from the oil and gas industry if renewable energy targets at to be met. The study will investigate the experiences of the oil and gas industry in the North Sea Region, looking in particular at the oil and gas industry in the United Kingdom, Norway and Denmark. It will take into account the lessons learnt and the concepts that can be transferred to the offshore wind industry in the partner regions of Denmark, Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

The experience from the oil and gas industry will provide key information to underpin project activities and future developments. The study is an essential part of the POWER cluster project as a whole because the offshore wind industry, as a comparatively young industry, still has substantial challenges to overcome.

A Sub OJEU tender process was employed and tender applications have now closed. There were 49 expressions of interest and 13 applied to tender for the study. All applications have now been evaluated and the wining provider will be announced in the near future. The initial findings of the study will be announced at POWER cluster’s mid term conference in May (All Energy, Aberdeen). 

As of September 2009, project manager David Wood from Suffolk County Council, took on the task of leading the POWER cluster project’s work package concerned with offshore wind business development in the North Sea Region. David Wood gives us an update about his first 30 days “in office” and the latest developments in his business work package.

My first 30 days

This will be my third European project having previously worked on both ANSWER and Cradle to Cradle. In my capacity as project manager I am delighted to be working closely with EEEGR and I am looking forward to building on an excellent transnational POWER cluster meeting held in Sweden in connection to the EOW 2009 conference.

I was appointed project manager for POWER cluster September 1 2009. 75% of my time is dedicated to POWER cluster the remaining 25% involves helping develop and understand the wider energy sector in Suffolk.

I have learnt that there is some excellent collaborative work taking place between the partners in POWER cluster. However the challenge is building on this without spending most of the time travelling. Although with great challenge comes great opportunity: the chance to embrace new technology like telephone and video conference facilities which are available to us.

I feel that in the current economic climate there is a real opportunity for us to support businesses. At the heart of this I believe the people working on POWER cluster have the personality, persistence and knowledge to ensure we succeed.

WP2 "Business" update

Turning contacts into contracts

Business to Business (B2B)
This activity deals more with actually getting businesses together to form relationships, create new contracts and support the supply chain. The next business to business networking event takes place November 17 2009 in Esbjerg, Denmark. For more information click here.

Cluster mapping
A cluster map for the North Sea region is being developed and a roll out strategy was agreed at the last WP2 meeting. The cluster mapping provides the location of companies involved in offshore wind across Europe and the area(s) of the supply chain they occupy. The updated industry classification report underpins Mapergy by providing a common framework for classifying businesses. Further information will be coming soon so keep an eye out on the POWER cluster website.

Overcoming challenges for the offshore wind industry
This activity funds a study entitled: Overcoming challenges for the offshore wind industry and learning from the oil and gas industry. It is imperative for offshore wind to learn from the oil and gas industry if renewable energy targets at to be met. The study will investigate the experiences of the oil and gas industry in the North Sea Region, looking in particular at the oil and gas industry in the United Kingdom, Norway and Denmark. It will take into account the lessons learnt and the concepts that can be transferred to the offshore wind industry in the partner regions of Denmark, Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

The experience from the oil and gas industry will provide key information to underpin project activities and future developments. The study is an essential part of the POWER cluster project as a whole because the offshore wind industry, as a comparatively young industry, still has substantial challenges to overcome.

A Sub OJEU tender process was employed and tender applications have now closed. There were 49 expressions of interest and 13 applied to tender for the study. All applications have now been evaluated and the wining provider will be announced in the near future. The initial findings of the study will be announced at POWER cluster’s mid term conference in May (All Energy, Aberdeen).