Past events

Innovations for LCOE reduction in offshore wind energy – technologies, models and strategies, 30 November, Amsterdam

The LEANWIND final event will take place in Amsterdam in the framework of the WindEurope Conference and Exhibition 2017.

At this event we will present how EU-funded projects will contribute to LCOE reduction in offshore wind and, in particular, the results of the LEANWIND, INNWIND.EU and AVATAR projects.

Together with the project partners we will explore the exciting technological innovations, models and new industry strategies that will bring the cost of offshore wind energy further down. Key topics include the innovative design features of wind turbines larger than 10 MW and the application of the lean principles across the offshore wind farm lifecycle and supply chain.

Please find below the agenda and presentations of the event:

9:00-9:15 Introduction to the projects - Piotr Tulej- DG RTD

9:15 - 9:30 Key Findings towards lowering the LCOE of offshore wind turbines - Peter Hjuler Jensen, Gerard Schepers, and Jimmy Murphy, All Projects

9:30-9:45 EU AVATAR project: main achievements - Gerard Schepers, AVATAR

9:45-10:15 Aerodynamic response modelling of complex and turbulent inflow - Niels Soerensen, AVATAR

10:15-10:35 Lightweight rotor design for 10 –20 MW wind turbines - Flemming Rasmussen, INNWIND.EU

10:35-10:50 Wind observers and advanced controls for innovative turbines - Anand Natarajan, INNWIND.EU

10:50-11:05 Pseudo magnetic direct drive vs superconducting generator - Henk Polinder, INNWIND.EU

11:05-11:15 Drivetrain structures for 10 MW - 20 MW wind turbines - Asger Abrahamsen, INNWIND.EU

11:30-11:50 Cost effective fixed and floating Sub Structures - Martin Kuhn, INNWIND.EU

11:50-12:00 LCOE reduction for the 20 MW wind turbine - Takis Chaviaropoulos, INNWIND.EU

12:00-12:20 A holistic logistics optimisation model and life-cycle financial model to facilitate decision support and planning activities on-land and offshore - Lars Magne Nonås and Katie Lynch- LEANWIND

12:20-12:45 Novel adaptations to fixed and floating substructures and deployment strategies; new installation vessel concept for large-scale turbines; offshore trials and using simulation to improve installation efficiency and reduce risks - Paul Doherty and Mark Anju- LEANWIND

12:45-13:15 Strategy planning and optimisation to improve procedures and accessibility; purpose-designed O&M vessel for future farm sites; new technology, offshore trials and simulation to improve O&M efficiency and reduce risks - John Dalsgaard Sorensen and John Koch Nielsen- LEANWIND

13:15-13:13 Overall conclusions and recommendations - Peter Hjuler Jensen, Gerard Schepers, and Jimmy Murphy, All Projects

LEANWIND Stakeholders’ Showcase event
16 - 17 November 2017, Copenhagen

Join us in Denmark for a 2-day workshop to learn how training and R&D can reduce the cost of offshore wind energy.

This workshop will focus on the LEANWIND vessels and the role of simulator training in reducing risk, time at sea and ultimately cost during wind farm O&M and installation operations.

You will  have the opportunity to fully appreciate the O&M and installation vessels designed during the LEANWIND project and experience simulations both vessels in a variety of operational scenarios.

See the full agenda

A guided tour of FORCE’s towing tank, wind tunnels and simulators is possible for those that arrive early on the 16th November!

Participation in the event will be on a first come first served basis, given the limited capacity of the simulators facilities.

Register here


"A (c)lean energy transition - Innovative approaches to the offshore wind supply chain" Energy Day  - 20 June, WindEurope offices, Brussels, BE during the EU Sustainable Energy Week
How can Europeans benefit from the innovative approach of applying “lean” principles to the offshore wind farm lifecycle and supply chain?

The LEANWIND project event took place on Tuesday 20 June, from 14:30 to 16:30, at WindEurope, 80 rue d’Arlon, in Brussels. It was a great opportunity to hear about growth opportunities, synergies with other sea users and market creation potential.

This session addressed all those questions and presented the case study of Port of Oostende, in Belgium, as a concrete example. Delegates' feedback was sought in the course of the session and considered for integration in the further developments of the work. This research is carried out in the framework of the EU funded LEANWIND project.

The event ended with a networking reception open to all participants, in cooperation with the ETIPWind project.

The event was organised as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2017.

Agenda and full presentations: 

14.30-14.35 Welcome note - Iván Pineda, Director of Public Affairs at WindEurope
14.35-14.45 How can Europeans benefit from an innovative approach to offshore wind farm lifecycle and supply chain– Katie Lynch, Offshore Renewable Energy Research Engineer at UCC
14.45 -15.00  Potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of this innovative approach – Mihaela Dragan, Analyst Environment & Planning at WindEurope
15.00-15.30 Examples of applied life-cycle assessment –Camilla Thomson, Research Associate at University of Edinburgh - Acciona 
15.30-15.45 An overall market assessment of the proposed innovations – Declan Jordan, Senior Lecturer in Economics at UCC
15.45-16.00 A concrete example of local impacts: the case of Port of Oostende – Jan Erik Hassen, Energy, Environment and cleantech expert at 1-tech
16.00-16.30 Q&A
16.30 Shared networking drinks with the ETIPWind parallel event



"Innovative solutions for an efficient wind farm supply chain", 6 June 2017, Capital Suite Room 16 (level 3) side event at Offshore Wind Energy 2017, 6-8 June, London, UK

This event provided examples of innovative technologies, such as new vessel designs and novel substructure concepts, with the aim of improving the efficiency of the offshore wind farm supply chain and making it more cost competitive with traditional forms of energy. To learn more.


15.00-15.10 Welcome note – Jimmy Murphy (UCC)
15.10-15.25 An overview of the LEANWIND wind farm vessels–  Venkata Swarupanand Godavarthi and Mark Anju (LR)
15.25 - 15.40 Sea trials applicable to offshore wind farms – José Hernandez-Brito (Plocan)
15.40- 15.55 Foundation Substructures – Paul Doherty (GDG)
15.55 – 16.30 Q&A
16.30-17.00 Networking drinks



Offshore wind farm lifecycle and supply chain: assessing local impacts

September 28th, 2016, 11.30 - 13.00. Hamburg, Germany.

As part of the WindEurope Summit 2016, this session presented an analysis of possible positive and adverse environmental and socio-economic impacts that the application of “lean” principles in the offshore wind farm lifecycle and supply chain can generate on local environment and communities.

It also provided the case study “Port of Oostende” to highlight the role ports play in a local community and show the challenges and rewards of port insertion in a lean offshore wind supply chain.

Finally, the session presented the progress of the more holistic economic model the study will convey to. This aims to assess both the possible costs savings deriving from the novel approach applied and the industry uptake of the innovations generated.



The LEANWIND consortium held the event "Cost efficient offshore wind logistics - The role of ports in a lean supply chain for offshore wind".

This 1-day workshop took place in the Hotel Andromeda, Oostende, Belgium, and showcased how ports can contribute to optimising the supply chain for an offshore wind farm. Notably, it presented project work to improve on-land and port logistics as well as innovative turbine and foundation installation strategies.

A boat tour of the port installation, training and O&M facilities allowed some of the participants to get a little taste of the functioning of an offshore wind park and concretely evaluate the added vale it can bring to harbour authorities and the local communities.






Side event at EWEA 2015 Annual: 'Reducing costs in the offshore wind supply chain: two examples from the LEANWIND project'

November 19th, 2015 (3.00 - 5.30pm, Espace 2000 D (Level 1)). Paris, France.

As part of the EWEA 2015 Annual Event organised by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) on 17 -  20 November 2015, the event gathered project partners and relevant stakeholders of the off-shore wind sector to discuss about costs reduction in the overall supply chain.

The event highlighted two potential areas for cost optimisation examined so far by the project: minimisation of maintenance visits to offshore wind turbines, and a ports and infrastructure suitability assessment.

For further details, please consult the agenda.



Workshop: 'Reliability Data Collection and Maintenance Modelling Methods' (IEA Task 33)

September 23rd, 2015. Berlin, Germany.

The free workshop was part of a three day event which brought together representatives from universities, utilities, and operators, manufacturers, R&D organisations and standards groups to share common experiences with collecting and modelling wind farm data with a view to improving Operations and Maintenance (O&M) strategies and reducing Life Cycle Costs (LCC).

More information HERE.


The LEANWIND consortium organised the event 'Vessels and transport logistics for offshore wind farms' that took place on June 17th, 2015 at the Leopold Hotel in Brussels. The event lasted two hours, from 1 to 3 pm. More details can be found on the programme.

LEANWIND will organise several workshops throughout the project lifetime and the dates, agendas, and results will be published on this website.

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Kick-off Meeting:

LEANWIND kicked off on 10th and 11th December 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. Please see the agenda of the meeting.