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Floating wind in the Malin Sea

Event organised by ICE

Date
29 April 2024
Time
17:30 - 19:15 BST (GMT+1)
Location
Ulster University Belfast
Building BC
2-24 York Street
Belfast, BT15 1ED
United Kingdom

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Overview

Malin Sea Wind is an ESB innovative floating wind project that is currently in early-stage planning. The planned array area is approximately equidistant between the island of Islay in Scotland, and the Northern Ireland coastline.

In this presentation, we will introduce the project and give an overview of the technologies and planning aspects around this exciting area of renewable energy generation, along with an opportunity for Q&A.

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Speakers

Andrew Foster

Andrew Foster

Malin Sea Wind

project director

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Andrew Foster

Andrew is the project director for Malin Sea Wind, an INTOG innovative floating wind project.

Andrew’s background is in mechanical engineering. He began his career in maintenance management and has gained extensive experience in the energy industry through drilling engineering and well construction in large-scale international energy projects over many years.

He moved to renewables through a geotechnical consultancy role focussed on marine advisory and project management for early-stage offshore wind development projects in Ireland before joining ESB in 2023.

He holds an MSc in Well Engineering and Design and more recently an MBA in Energy & Sustainability

Dr Aldert Otter

Dr Aldert Otter

ESB

senior consultant

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Dr Aldert Otter

Dr Aldert Otter is the senior consultant for floating offshore wind technology with ESB. He has a Masters and PhD in Ocean Renewable Energy from University College Cork, and a Bachelor degree in Nautical Science and Engineering from the Maritime College in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

After graduating from the Maritime College he worked at sea for the first 15 years of his career, mainly on anchor handling tugs, which were active on construction projects for offshore wind farms such as Horns Rev 1 & 3, Scroby Sands, and Alpha Ventus. He then made the switch to science and for his PhD he worked on developing new Software-in-the-Loop methods for testing of floating wind scale models at the Lir National Ocean Test Facility in Ringaskiddy, Cork.

After seven years in science he decided that he could make a more meaningful contribution to decarbonisation and the energy transition in industry. In November 2022 he joined ESB where he now works on the engineering of all the floating wind projects in ESB’s portfolio