AFLOAT 2022 Agenda

Monday, September 12

Featured Speakers



Joan Ferrini-Mundy

WELCOME

President
University of Maine

U.S. Senator Susan Collins

Senator Susan Collins

KEYNOTE

United States Senator, Maine

Jocelyn Brown-Saracino

KEYNOTE

Lead Offshore Wind Energy
Wind Technologies Office

Walt Musial

PLENARY

Offshore Wind Leader
NREL
Bio

Floating Foundation Technology Improvements through commercial scale design, deployment, and planning

9:00 – 10:20am | Ballroom
How are floating foundation technologies improving and adapting to address the surge in new floating wind markets? What improvements have been made based on current deployments and the design of new projects? 

Anthony Viselli, P.E.

MODERATOR

Chief Engineer, Ocean Energy and Engineering
University of Maine
Bio

Jesper Møller

PANELIST

Head of Sales and Business Development
Stiesdal Offshore Technologies

Thalía Krüger

PANELIST

Senior Business Development Manager
Principle Power

Alvaro Urruchi

PANELIST

Lead Structural Engineer 
Ocergy

Floating Developers Forum

10:30-11:50 am | Ballroom
What are the Developer’s plans for the US floating market?  What are the challenges and opportunities?  What suggestions do developers have for the US and State Administrations and policymakers?

Habib Dagher, P.E.

MODERATOR

Executive Director
University of Maine

Becky Gallagher

PANELIST

Director of New Business
Avangrid Renewables
Bio

Katie Theoharides

PANELIST

Head of US Offshore (East) 
RWE

David Hughes

PANELIST

Project Engineer
OW Ocean Winds
Bio

Chris Wissemann

PANELIST

CEO
Diamond Offshore Wind
Bio

Jerica Nolte

PANELIST

Floating Technology Lead
TotalEnergies US
Bio

Design Codes and Standards for Floating Wind

1:00 – 2:20 pm | Ballroom
What are the Developer’s plans for the US floating market?  What are the challenges and opportunities?  What suggestions do developers have for the US and State Administrations and policymakers?

Lars Samuelsson

MODERATOR

Manager of Offshore Accounts – Global Offshore
ABS
Bio

Walt Musial

PANELIST

Offshore Wind Leader
NREL
Bio

Anthony Viselli

Anthony Viselli

PANELIST

Chief Engineer, Ocean Energy and Engineering
University of Maine
Bio

Christy Lan

PANELIST

Senior Technical Adviser for Renewable Energy  Engineer
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Casey Reeves

PANELIST

Program Manager
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Office or Renewable Energy Programs

Addressing the Unique Ecological and Environmental Challenges in Floating Wind

1:00 – 2:20 pm | Winslow Homer Room
What are the key floating wind co-existence, environmental, outreach, and permitting challenges on the East Coast? The West Coast? What are the fishing concerns and what new solutions are available? What are the mooring systems solutions to reduce fisheries impact in shallow and deepwater?

Damian Brady

MODERATOR

Agatha B. Darling Associate Professor of Oceanography
University of Maine
Bio

Jeffrey Thaler

PANELIST

Professor of Practice
University of Maine School of Law
Bio

Wing Goodale

PANELIST

Senior Science Director
Biodiversity Research Institute
Bio

Michael Pol

PANELIST

Research Director
Responsible Offshore Science Alliance
Bio

Jocelyn Runnebaum

PANELIST

Marine Scientist
The Nature Conservancy

Amalia Harrington

PANELIST

Marine Extension Associate
Maine Sea Grant
Bio

Scaling-up Challenges: Ports, Assembly, and Installation

2:30 – 3:50 pm | Ballroom
What are the unique port needs for deploying floating wind turbines?  What port facilities exist that can allow the fabrication and deployment of floating wind projects in the US? What upgrades are needed for these facilities? What has been learned from demonstration projects

Dan Kennedy

MODERATOR

Senior Project Manager Offshore Wind
Diamond Generating Corporation

Joshua Singer

PANELIST

Offshore Wind Ports Lead
Moffatt & Nichol
Bio

Matt Burns

PANELIST

Executive Director
Maine Port Authority
Bio

Markus Wernli

PANELIST

Assistant Vice President – Technical Fellow
WSP
Bio

Ignacio Pantojo Titos

PANELIST

Floating Wind Department Manager
Iberdrola
Bio

Todd Griset

PANELIST

Energy and Utilities Law Attorney
PretiFlaherty

Matt McCarty

PANELIST

Principal, Ports and Marine Terminals
Stantec

International Floating Wind Activities

2:30 – 3:50 pm | Winslow Homer Room
Europe has embarked on one of the world’s most aggressive offshore wind plans, including plans for commercial floating wind.  What are the European plans for floating wind, and what R&D opportunities in the UK and France pursuing?  How can the US and UK, France,  collaborate in the nascent floating offshore wind space? 

Julian Fraize

MODERATOR

Program Manager
NOWRDC
Bio

Feargal Brennan

PANELIST

Director of the Renewable Energy Marine Structures Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) (Cranfield, Oxford and Strathclyde), Offshore Wind Champion for the EPSRC Flagship Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Programme; Wind to hydrogen
Bio

Deborah Greaves

PANELIST

Director of Supergen ORE Hub, Head of the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, Director of the COAST Laboratory University of Plymouth
Bio

Pierre Warlop

PANELIST

Head of Technical Offshore Wind
WPD France

Charlotte Harris

PANELIST

Trade Officer, Offshore Wind, and Clean Energy,
British Consulate General
Bio

Luke Eatough

PANELIST

Project Engineer
ORE Catapult

tuesday, September 13

Featured Speakers



Angus King

KEYNOTE

United States Senator, Maine

James Bennett

KEYNOTE

Senior Advisor
BOEM
Bio

Design, Modeling, and Characterization Tools Advancements

8:30 – 9:20 am | Ballroom
As the technology matures, the tools for modeling and design are continuing to improve as well.  Each speaker provides a 5 min talk, followed by a panel discussion
Walt Musial

Walt Musial

MODERATOR

Offshore Wind Leader
NREL
Bio

Daniel Zalkind

PANELIST

Senior Engineer
NREL
Bio

Jason Jonkman

PANELIST

Principal Engineer
NREL
Bio

Matt Hall

PANELIST

Senior Engineer
NREL
Bio

Daniel Veen

PANELIST

Product Manager
Bentley Systems
Bio

Rob Smith

PANELIST

Vice President – Energies and Infrastructures Business Unit/Senior Oceanographer
Woods Hole Group

Research Needs: Technology and Infrastructure

9:30 – 10:20 am | Ballroom
What are the current research needs in hull technology, modeling, mooring systems, anchors, transmission, fabrication and installation of floating turbines? Where should federal investments be focused? What is the status of the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (NOWRDC) funded research programs in floating wind and what are the upcoming research solicitations?  What are the cost economics of bigger turbines?

Nathan McKenzie

MODERATOR

Technology Manager for Offshore Wind R&D
U.S. Department of Energy
Bio

Walt Musial

PANELIST

Offshore Wind Leader
NREL
Bio

Julian Fraize

PANELIST

Program Manager
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium
Bio

Anthony Viselli

Anthony Viselli, P.E.

PANELIST

Chief Engineer, Ocean Energy and Engineering
University of Maine
Bio

Joshua Singer, P.E.

PANELIST

Offshore Wind Ports Lead
Moffatt & Nichol
Bio

Katherine Dykes

PANELIST

Head of Section, System Engineering & Optimization
DTU Wind and Energy Systems

What’s Next in Leasing and Policy Activities for US Floating Wind

10:30 – 11:20 am | Ballroom
What is the status of leasing for floating projects in US water?  BOEM and State’s updates.

James Bennett

MODERATOR

Chief
BOEM

Wright J Frank

PANELIST

Renewable Energy Policy Chief
BOEM
Bio

Doug Boren

PANELIST

Pacific Regional Director
BOEM
Bio

Celina Cunningham

PANELIST

Deputy Director
Governor’s Energy Office, State of Maine
Bio

Zachary E. Jylkka

PANELIST

Renewable Energy Program Specialist
BOEM
Bio

Casey Reeves

PANELIST

Program Manager, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Office or Renewable Energy Programs
BOEM

Financing US Floating Wind Projects

10:30 – 11:20 am | Ballroom
Third-party financing of commercial-scale floating wind projects brings unique challenges to this nascent industry. What are the unique challenges and solutions for financing US floating wind projects? What new federal and state financial incentives exist?

Clément Weber

MODERATOR

Green Giraffe

Claus Hertel

PANELIST

Marketing Director
Rabobank
Bio

Ben Roberts

PANELIST

Senior VP, Energy, Power, & Renewables
Marsh
Bio

Darin M. Lowder

PANELIST

Partner
Foley & Lardner LLP
Bio

Chris Swartley

PANELIST

CEO
Progression Energy
Bio

Lorry Wagner

PANELIST

Director
USA Ventolines
Bio

Innovations in Moorings, Anchor, and Dynamic Cable Technology

1:30 – 2:50 pm | Ballroom
Mooring systems are key to the success of floating wind, and conventional steel chain technologies are being challenged by larger turbines, supply chains are challenged by the scale of commercial floating farms,and mooring systems create unique impacts on fisheries.  What solutions are being developed for both shallow east coast waters and deeper west coast waters?  What impact do mooring systems and water depth have on commercial viability?

Leopoldo Bello

MODERATOR

CCO at Delmar Systems
Managing Director at Vryhof

Cesar Del Vecchio

PANELIST

Senior Staff Consultant
Stress Engineering Services
Bio

Paul McEvoy

PANELIST

Chief Technical Officer
Technology from Ideas
Bio

Spencer Hallowell

PANELIST

Research Engineer
University of Maine
Bio

Matt Hall

MODERATOR

Research Engineer
NREL
Bio

Josiah McVicar

PANELIST

Senior Project Manager
Delmar Systems
Bio

Krish Thiagarajan Sharman

PANELIST

Professor, Endowed Chair in Renewable Energy
UMass Amherst

Emerging Research and Innovation Opportunities:  ARPA-E ATLANTIS Program Update

3:30 – 4:20 pm | Ballroom
The US DOE ARPA-E ATLANTIS program is designed to develop next-generation floating wind turbine technologies. An overview of the program and updates from some of the ATLANTIS projects will be provided.

Mike Olsen

MODERATOR

Technology-to-Market Advisor
ARPA-E

Eben Lenfest

PANELIST

Research Engineer
University of Maine
Bio

Chris Allen

PANELIST

Research Engineer
University of Maine
Bio

Ikpoto Udoh

PANELIST

Principal Ocean Engineer
Kent PLC

Rogier Blom

MODERATOR

Senior Principal Engineer, Controls & Optimization
GE Global Research
Bio

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