Day One - 4 November | EoLIS 2021
End-of-Life Issues & Strategies Seminar
4-5 November 2021 • Brussels

Day One – 4 November

Opening Session – Welcome messages



A significant share of Europe’s wind turbine fleet will come to the end of its projected lifetime within the next 10 to 15 years. In order to fulfil Europe’s long-term decarbonisation agenda, the share of wind energy in the energy mix needs to grow further, and this outgoing generation capacity will have to be replaced. The opening session will introduce the main focus of this seminar: wind turbine’s end-of-life, how to plan for it, its impact and possible future solutions.

Pierre Tardieu


Paulina Hobbs

Service CEO North Europe and Middle East,
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Regulatory overview on repowering & lifetime extension in Europe


Striking the right balance between greenfield wind installations and repowering & lifetime extension will be essential to achieve the European 2030 and 2050 climate targets. As of end of 2020, 34,000 turbines are 15 years or older, representing 36 GW of onshore wind capacity in the continent. Out of the 36 GW, about 9 GW are 20-24 years old and around 1 GW are 25 years or older, hence close to the operating end-of-life. This creates a significant market for decommissioning of onshore wind farms over the next decade: setting the right regulatory context in the Member States is therefore of paramount importance to harness such opportunities. In this session we will do a “tour of Europe” to get an overview of the regulatory frameworks concerning repowering & lifetime extension of wind assets, with bottlenecks and best practices.


Alessio Cipullo

Head of Technical Affairs,
Elettricità Futura


Riccardo Frigerio

Regulatory Affairs,
Elettricità Futura

Update on the new permitting regulatory framework for repowering in Italy

Peter Spengemann

Director Repowering,
wpd windmanager

Market and regulatory developments in Germany

Heikki Wilstedt

Energy Policy and Climate Change Director,

Market and regulatory developments in Spain

Matthieu Monnier

Deputy CEO,
France Energie Eolienne

Market and regulatory developments in France

Ivan Komusanac

Analyst, Markets & Wind Energy Technology,

Other market and regulatory developments in Europe

Lifetime Extension – examples and business cases


Based on current trends we estimate that out of the 38 GW that will require a decision whether to repower, extend the life, or decommission, 29 GW will continue to operate and will probably be considered for life-time extension services (such as partial replacement of certain elements such as gearbox or blades). This decision on extending the operational lifetime depends on asset owners’ strategies, project economics and site and turbine operating conditions. This session will look at technical but also on the financial viability of such lifetime extensions.


Christian Essiger

Head of Service Global Sales and Marketing,
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy


Javier Ibañez

Head of Hardware Engineering,

Thomas Fabritius

Vice President Operations for Renewables Europe,

Mercedes Irujo Espinosa

Head of Innovation Wind Project,
Acciona Energy

Andrea Riccardi

Strategy & Business Development for SEA region,
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Sponsored session by RES

RES’s commercial and technical approach to help you to repower your wind farm(s)


  • RES in few words
  • Wind farm repowering regulation in France
  • How RES can help you repower your wind farm
  • Laurie Gilbert

    Repowering Engineer,

Repowering – frameworks and business cases


A pro-active approach to repowering and lifetime extension – alongside new projects – is critical to deliver on the EU’s objective to meet a 50% share of electricity generated by renewables by 2030. Sound repowering policies will help make the EU an example for successful management of the energy transition and secure its position as world number one in renewables. In this session, we will cover examples of ongoing repowering projects covering both full and partial repowering examples.


Pedro Amaral Jorge



Alessandro Lagostena

Regulatory & Public Affairs – Responsible for Energy & Environmental Studies,

Laurie Gilbert

Repowering Engineer,

Florence Leroy

Communications Manager,

Uli Südhoff

Regional Head of Central and Northern Europe,

Werner SÜss


Hybridisation/combined RES projects: towards new business models?


A co-located renewable power plant (sometimes referred as hybrids) combines at least two renewable generation technologies sharing one single connection point to the grid and/or storage. Co-located projects can play a big role in increasing power system efficiency and ensure a greater balance in the energy supply. The combination of technologies also provides technical and economic benefits. Co-located power plants can help maximizing the use of grid connection points which is cost-effective. This can offer new opportunities for revenue streams to the project. But their deployment will only accelerate if Governments establish co-located power plants in their legal framework and provide clear definitions. In this session you will be presented with some case studies and examples of such projects.


Heike Santen

Director Forecasting and Optimisation,


Gideon Strothmann

Dorine Hugenholtz, Project manager – Utility Scale Batteries,

Fabrizio Tortora

Business Development Director,
Falck Renewables

Benedikt Mayerle

Lead Solutions Architect – Integrated Energy Solutions,
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Alexandre Danthine

Senior Associate,
Aurora Energy