Programme outline

Programme outline

Thursday 5 September 2019
9:00 – 10:00 Registration and welcome refreshments
10:00 – 10:45 Welcome & opening session – Policy and permitting
10:45 – 12:15 Session 1 –  Lifetime extension in Wind 
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:45 Session 2 – Repowering – a necessary step in achieving RES targets
14:45 – 15:15  Networking break
15:15 – 16:00 Session 3 – Decommissioning strategies, a key step to further LCOE reductions
16:00 – 16:15 Networking break
16:15 – 17:00 Session 4 – Achieving the full circularity of the wind sector
17:00 – 18:00 Networking drinks

Opening session on policy and permitting

  • Introduction by Giles Dickson, WindEurope CEO and Peter Wells, CEO, GE
  • As wind assets come closer to the end of their operational lifetime, operators are confronted with a set of options: extend the operational life of the assets, repower the site or decommission.
  • This introductory session will set the scene by giving an overview of the market potential in Europe and volumes expected to be decommissioned, lifetime extended or re-powered (statistical & political background of the topic)
    • For each wind site, it’s a unique business case.

SESSION 1: Life-time extension in wind

Session description:

The decision to life-extend relies on a set of legal, technical, and economic factors.

This session will feature a series of presentations, followed by a panel discussion, and look at the different factors that drive such decisions. On the regulatory side, the session will provide delegates with a pan-European legislation overview, comparing the situation in different countries.

On the technical side, the session will address how to assess the reliability of critical turbine components. On the economic side, the session will look at some indicators of the market price in relation to operations.

The panel discussion at the end will explore how these different drivers combine to affect the business case for lifetime extension.

Session chair: Uli Suedoff,  Leader Business Development, GE Onshore Wind, Europe


  • Risk-informed reliability requirements for LTE – Jannie S. Nielsen,  Assistant Professor, Aalborg University
  • Critical component reliability: ongoing development of the IEC TS 61400-28, through life management and life extension of wind farms – Mark Spring, Principal Engineer – Renewables O&M, Lloyd’s Register

All speakers will then join the panel discussion.

SESSION 2: Repowering – a necessary step in achieving RES targets

Session description:

This session will give insights on the current status of and potential for re-powering in Europe. Like lifetime extension decisions, repowering decisions depend on economic, technical and legal factors. Even more than for life-time extension decisions, key considerations for re-powering are site-specific, and include spatial planning, community engagement to gain local acceptance, and technological developments, as new turbines may not be suited for older sites.  This session will present some concrete examples and real-world case studies.

Session chair: Viktoriya Kerelska, Head of Advocacy, WindEurope


  • Drivers of the decision between LTE & repowering: pro & cons, Peter Spengemann, Director of Repowering, WPD

SESSION 3: Decommissioning strategies, a key step to further LCOE reductions

Session description:

Sites where lifetime extension or re-powering is not possible or economically unviable will have to be decommissioned. But even sites that are to be extended or re-powered will also go through some (partial) decommissioning of older parts or assets. This session will share practical know-how and lessons on decommissioning and explain how second hand markets work. It will also feature a presentation of the regulatory situation across Europe with regards to decommissioning.

Session chair: Claudia Grotz, Head of Public Afffairs, SGRE / Chair of WindEurope working group on sustainability


  • Decommissioning and its costs, Matthias Brandt, Director, Deutsche Windtechnik AG

SESSION 4: Achieving the full circularity of the wind sector

Session description:

Achieving the carbon neutrality of the wind sector is a priority for wind industry stakeholders to comply with the Paris agreement.

This session will discuss growing cooperation with key industry sectors:  cement, chemicals and composites.

elegates will also learn about the latest innovative recycling technologies to accelerate wind turbine circularity

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