Offshore Renewable Energy Tour in Aberdeen

Interested in the Scottish offshore renewable energy market? Blue Cluster and Flanders Investment & Trade are organising an Offshore Renewable Energy Tour in Aberdeen from 7 to 9 Ocotober 2024. The program includes various meetings and company visits.
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The offshore renewable energy sector in the UK is one of the most advanced and dynamic in the world, with a strong focus on innovation, collaboration, and development. The Aberdeen area, in particular, is a hub for offshore wind, especially floating offshore wind, which offers a huge potential for growth, innovation, and export opportunities. 

The aim of this tour is to provide members of Blue Cluster, a network of Flemish companies and knowledge institutions active in the blue economy, with an opportunity to learn from the best practices, technologies, and projects in the Aberdeen offshore renewable energy sector. You will be able to establish contacts and enter into partnerships with relevant stakeholders, such as developers, suppliers, innovation centres, and clusters. 

The tour will take place from Monday 7 October to Wednesday 9 October 2024, and will include a combination of site visits, meetings, networking events, and participation in the Floating Offshore Wind exhibition, the UK's leading event for floating offshore wind. The tour will be organised by Blue Cluster in collaboration with Flanders Investment & Trade and local partners such as the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, the Scottish Government, and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

Tentative programme

Monday 7 October

Arrival and networking 

  • Delegates fly Brussels to Edinburgh in the morning, and take a 3 hour coach to Aberdeen.
  • Transfer to the hotel and check-in. 
  • Lunch at the hotel or a nearby restaurant. 
  • Afternoon activity to be confirmed 
  • Dinner at a local restaurant.

Tuesday 8 October

Site visits and meetings 

Exact programme to be confirmed. Possible activities include:

  • Boat trip to Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm;
  • Visit to Aberdeen Harbour and the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project;
  • Visit to the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), a membership organisation that supports the renewable energy sector in the Aberdeen area, and speed networking event;
  • Visit to the Energy Transition Zone (ETZ), a planned development that will transform the south of Aberdeen into a low-carbon hub, supporting the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy;
  • Visit to the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the UK's leading technology innovation and research centre for offshore renewable energy;
  • Visit to two leading offshore wind suppliers with projects in the Aberdeen area: DEME Offshore and Jan De Nul. 

Wednesday 9 October

Floating Offshore Wind exhibition 

Attend the Floating Offshore Wind exhibition, organised by RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables, at the P&J Live venue in Aberdeen. The exhibition is the UK's leading event for floating offshore wind, and will feature over 180 exhibitors, showcasing the latest technologies, products, and services for the sector. 

At the exhibition, delegates will have the opportunity to network with the exhibitors and other attendees, and to attend the conference sessions, covering topics such as policy, finance, innovation, supply chain, and global markets. 

Lunch at the exhibition venue or a nearby restaurant. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Floating Offshore Wind 2024

Practical information

The tour is open to all members of Blue Cluster, Belgian Offshore Cluster and Agoria Energy Technology Club who are interested in the offshore renewable energy sector, especially floating offshore wind. The tour is limited to a maximum of 20 delegates, on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The tour fee is € 900 excl. BTW per delegate, which covers the transportation, the meals, and the entrance to the exhibition. The fee does not cover accommodation or flight tickets, which delegates have to book and pay for themselves. We will provide a suggestion for accommodation. 

Transportation will be by coach, taxi, or boat, depending on the itinerary. The meals will be at local restaurants, with a variety of cuisines and dietary options. 

The delegates will be accompanied by a Blue Cluster and a Flanders Investment & Trade representative, who will act as guides and facilitators throughout the tour.

Registration

If you are interested in joining the tour, please fill in the registration form by 9 July 2024. The tour will be organised if at least 10 participants have registered. You will receive a confirmation email in August. 

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the tour, please do not hesitate to contact Blue Cluster at ann.overmeire@blauwecluster.be or +32 496 51 11 45. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to the tour!

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