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Offshore Cables Forum: 12 - 14 February, 2014, London, UK
Organised by Wind Power Monthly

Wind Power Monthly organized a three day event titled 'Offshore Cables Forum' in London, UK during 12 - 4 February, 2014. It was the 4th annual event covering the latest methods for cable installation, and for ensuring reliability and performance of subsea power cables over the life of an offshore wind farm. The forum featured case studies from leading developers, and exclusive insights into the latest cable condition monitoring techniques.

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EWEA 2014: 10 13 March, 2014, Barcelona, Spain
Organised by European Wind Energy Association

European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) conducted EWEA 2014, which is Europe's premier wind energy event. It was organized during 10 - 13 March, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. The annual event provides a periodic opportunity for the wind energy sector to meet with decision-makers and define the strategic direction for wind energy activities in Europe. Apart from delivering comprehensive programme on cutting-edge technological knowledge, it also conducts lively debates on European policy, markets and financial issues. EWEA 2014 received participation from over 8,000 delegates from more than 80 countries all over the world. Participants from various areas from offshore industry participated in the event - component/ materials/ equipment manufacturers, wind turbine manufacturers, consultancies and service providers.

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Vessels and Access Requirement: 13 - 15 May 2014, London, UK
Organised by Wind Power Monthly

Wind Power Monthly organized a three day event titled 'Vessels and Access Requirement' on 13 - 15 May 2014 in London, UK. The focus of this event was vessels and access requirements for Round 3 of offshore wind farm development in UK. Highlights of the event were detailed vessels and access models for Round 3, offshore accommodation and personnel plans, possibility of mitigating the risk of fatality without a blowout on costs, cost saving potential of advanced composite vessels, and Maritime Coastguard Agency's new Codes of Practice.

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Also, Wind Power Monthly organized a simultaneous one day event titled 'Ports for Future Offshore Wind' on 13 May 2014 in London, UK. The event focused on the plans for the Navitus Bay Round 3 wind farm development - detailing its timelines, port infrastructure and service requirements.

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Global Offshore Wind 2014: 11 - 12 June 2014, Glasgow
Organised by Renewable UK

Renewable UK organized "Global Offshore Wind 2014" on 11 12 June 2014, in the city of Glasgow. The event was the association's 13th annual offshore wind energy conference and exhibition. The world-class conference sessions addressed key issues like policy and investor confidence, long term future of offshore wind, debate beyond 2020, and EU market updates. One of the side events introduced the potential for Offshore Wind in India and allowed attendees to explore opportunities for UK-India commercial partnerships.

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National Events

Offshore Wind Power Potential of Gujarat: 1 February 2014, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
Organised by Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), on 1st February, 2014, organized a one day international seminar on 'Offshore Wind Power Potential of Gujarat' in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. This seminar focused on resource assessment, offshore wind technology, policies, issues and challenges associated with offshore wind energy development. The seminar also addressed issues on maritime and environment, grid connectivity, foundation technology and bathymetry. This event was supported by FOWind-consortium partners GWEC and WISE.

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Workshop organised by UK Science & Innovation Network India

UK Science & Innovation Network India organized workshops in Ahmedabad and Chennai on 3 February 2014 and 6 February 2014 respectively. These one day events aimed to explore the potential for UK-India partnerships in offshore wind energy. A 5-member delegation from UK, consisting of Prof. Simon Watson, Dr. Simon Hogg, Prof. Bill Leithead, Dr. Maurizio Collu, and Dr. Paul Ellsmore visited India to contribute to the bilateral dialogue on potential partnerships in offshore wind energy.
In the workshop conducted in Ahmedabad, national and state level policies for offshore wind energy were discussed by Indian delegates. The UK speakers discussed a range of topics including mimicking conventional generation by wind farm control, offshore floating wind turbine foundations, asset management aspects of turbine systems technology and the offshore wind resource.

The representatives from Suzlon, DNV GL, MGLI, EKI Energy Services, PDPU, HR Wallingford, IT Power and Oldbaum Services covered a range of topics including the capabilities across the wind energy value chain, the underwater perspective of offshore wind, and offshore wind resource assessment methods and issues.

As part of the one day workshop held in Chennai, the UK delegation toured the facilities at the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET), National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. The details of both the workshops can be found in the web-link.

As a follow up to these events, a 2-member Indian delegation went on a 4-day visit to the UK. The visit covered the universities in Cranfield, Durham, and Strathclyde, as well as the National Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC). The delegation comprised of Prof. V. Anantha Subramanian, Head of the Department of Ocean Engineering at IIT, Madras and Mr. Rajesh Katyal, Unit Chief of Research & Development at C-WET. The details of the visit can be found in the web-link.

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